For the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘Finding Dory,’ check out the video below! You can also read on for our mini-review!
Releasing over a decade after the much-beloved ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003), ‘Finding Dory’ has a difficult challenge to surmount: namely, living up to 13 years worth of built-up hype and fan desire for a sequel. While ‘Finding Dory’ is certainly full of fun and feels, the heavy anchor of our expectations can be hard to hoist. Which is why the best way to enjoy this movie is to check your expectations at the Drop Off.
‘Finding Nemo’ was amazing but if you go in expecting the same experience from ‘Finding Dory,’ you might find yourself a tad disappointed. Not that the film is bad – in fact, it’s quite enjoyable – but when your main character is an adult who suddenly remembers her forgotten family, the stakes aren’t quite the same as the little boy lost story of ‘Finding Nemo.’ Yes, Dory’s story tugs at our hearts as she tries to find her long-lost parents but it never quite resonates like Nemo’s tale did: hence the need to leave our expectations behind and focus on ‘Finding Dory’ as its own thing.
And let’s talk about that! Ellen DeGeneres is back as the titular character this time, ready for her own journey through the oceanic, emotional depths of dealing with memory loss and finding her lost family. Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolence) are along for the adventure as well and it’s good to see their dynamic has changed for the better since the first film. However, the party is a wee bit full of A-list adventurers so the story shines most once Dory is off on her own.
Scooped up by a marine rescue team, Dory meets the cantankerous-but-loveable Hank (Ed O’Neill) and runs into friends old (“Destiny,” Kaitlin Olson) and new (“Bailey,” Ty Burrell). With their help, Dory has to not only escape her new predicament – namely, being stuck in a Seaworld-like wildlife park – but also work to find clues about her family’s whereabouts. Whether she accomplishes either or both, we’ll leave to your seeing the film. But it all makes for a fun, heartfelt adventure worthy of the ‘Finding Nemo’ legacy, even if ‘Finding Dory’ isn’t quite as game-changing as its predecessor.
‘Finding Dory’ is out now in theaters pretty much everywhere in the US, UK needs to wait until the end of July. Check it out and be sure to listen to the Movie Bears Podcast’s full review here.
by Brad Harris, Movie Bears Podcast