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Score: 9.6/10  [6 reviews]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 7147 - Finding Dory
Directed by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Finding Dory
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Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them.

Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

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Review by: tessak (Tess)
Dated: 16th of August, 2017

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This Review: 8.5/10
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Finding Nemo is one of my most favorite children's movies, and Dory, was my favorite fish ever lol so when I learned that they were going to be making a Finding Dory movie, and like in Finding Nemo, Ellen D was going to be voicing Dory once again, I was ever so excited. It is moments like this that I dislike living in Invercargill though, as it seems like we are the last place on the Earth to get everything haha

So Finding Dory, much the same concept as Finding Nemo. Dory decides she needs to find her parents, and Nemo and his dad (Marlin) then swim across the ocean looking for her looking for them lol. All 3 meet different characters along the way, and like in the first movie Dory still loses her memory every 10 seconds or so. However, as the movie progresses, it seems that the periods of memory loss episodes for Dory happen less as often as they did at the start.

There were moments within the movie when I found myself a little bored and willing it to hurry up, and I admit that I thought it was going to be a lot funnier than it was (for me), however being a childrens movie, my kids all thoroughly enjoyed it, without a single complaint. Usually if they find a movie boring they all drift off to do other things, or start chatting about completely different topics. This did not happen during Finding Dory, so the kids did not have the same view as I did.

I did enjoy it though, I have watched it a few times since too. I love how bright and colourful the movie is, and although it is not really believable, for a child with an imagination, anything is possible! And thats what makes it such a great movie. There are always hidden messages within, about the importance of friendships, family, and staying true to yourself. However, I do admit that I expected to see many of the fishy characters from Finding Nemo and it was a bit disappointing that they weren't there. But ya move past that lol I really liked how it ended.

Finding Dory, a fun family movie that any child will enjoy, and many adults will appreciate.

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Review by: alexmoulton (Alex)
Dated: 14th of September, 2016

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This Review: 9.3/10
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I was definitely unsure about how I'd feel about this film. It's predecessor 'Finding Nemo' was hugely popular, I believe partly due to the fact that all of the elements were well balanced, with a variety of characters, and emotions. So the idea of a "spin off" film that focuses more on the character that's primary purpose was to illicit a few memory loss-based laughs, well, I wasn't convinced they could recreate the success a second time around.

In many ways it's safe to say that it didn't. While I have heard nothing but great feedback about this film, it hasn't had such a ground-breaking effect on the global world. This could be due to the overall similar feeling you get when you watch the film, due to the returning cast of characters, that may make it harder to judge on it's own merits, and classify it as it's own separate film. But in my opinion, it was mostly to do with the tone of the film.

While 'Finding Nemo' had the initial negative event that spurred the plot for the rest of the movie, it still maintained an overall positive outlook, thanks to Dory's energy-filled and enthusiastic character. 'Finding Dory' however, was lacking those positive vibes. You're struck with the reality that Dory's adorable memory loss is actually an extremely painful, and mentally stressful situation, that has caused her immense losses in her life. It came across as a rather sad film to begin with, but as the film progresses, the situation improves, until it reaches the point that it returns to the jovial, wacky hi-jinks that we have come to expect from the 'Finding' franchise (can I call it a franchise yet?).

There are a multitude of new characters in a variety of species to appeal to most people, whether you want to laugh at fish, crabs, birds, whales, seals or even an octopus. Hank the octop- I mean septopus-was definitely my favourite character, providing a personality that I could easily empathise with, and a cause that I could get invested in. It was quite interesting to see the social commentary that was inserted into the film, with some very obvious comparisons to large aquarium facilities *cough*SeaWorld*cough* and their catch and release programs, that sometimes leave out the release portion. So as an adult it gave me a few grins there.

I suppose I need to point out that despite the darker tone of the first act of the film, it ends in a much lighter style, and the theme of family, and unflinching love despite adversity is the vector that gets it there. It was quite a journey, but it hits you in the feels so often, and tugs on those heart-strings. I much more mature film in my opinion (I guess it has been 13 years or so since the previous iteration), that is still able to appeal to all ages.

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Review by: shellcruise (Shelley)
Dated: 19th of July, 2016

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This Review: 10/10
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I had heard mixed reports about this movie so I was in two minds about seeing it. Maybe because my expectations were low or maybe it is because it really is a great movie but I found I really loved the movie and like my two girls, found I can not wait to see again. Going to the movies during school holidays can be very dodgy and I was shocked to find the cinema was extremely quiet and everyone was focused entirely on the movie, which shows how captivating it was.

My eldest daughter had seen this with friends last week and as she was having a sleep over, my youngest and I had a date day and to say she was beyond excited is understating it. As the previews started rolling she kept asking is this the movie and then the cute 5 minute film before the actual movie started at her rather confused as Dory or Nemo were nowhere to be seen but she loved it and was laughing away as was the rest of the cinema.

I liked how Finding Dory started showing you her as a baby with her parents and explaining how she got lost when she bumped into Marlin who was looking for Nemo. The whole movie was really well done and pulled at the heart strings. It made you laugh and feel sad and then it also had me questioning zoos and aquariums and wandering how the animals actually feel. I really want to go to San Diego Sea World now I am rethinking everything which goes to show what a powerful movie it is.

For anyone who loves Finding Nemo and has seen it more than a million times you will absolutely love this movie. I can definitely see us buying on DVD and watching over and over again. On a personal note I am really glad that Dory is starting to remember things and like my youngest whenever I have a problem from now on that I just can not fix I am going to ask myself 'what will Dory do?'. definitely a must watch.

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Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 18th of July, 2016

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This Review: 10/10
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I loved Finding Nemo when it came out and it was one of those 'must own on DVD films', so my kids have grown up enjoying the antics of Nemo and his father Marlin. When we saw the trailers for Finding Dory, we all agreed that this was a must see.

Going to see this was literally a last minute choice (thanks McDonald's for free WiFi) and the excitement from the kids was high. There was a gorgeous short film at the start, as one has come to expect, and it didn't disappoint. It was done so well that it took a few moments to discern that yes in fact, it was fully animated. Finding Dory starts off with giving us a look at the ultra adorable young Dory before showing us that we are following Dory a year after Nemo and Marlin's story. It doesn't take long to get off into the story as Dory searches for her family.

Along the way we get flashbacks to Dory, how she got separated from her parents and just how great her parents were at helping her find ways to live a great life despite her disability. We meet some fun and well conceived characters along the way and all are well thought out and voice acted. There are some hilarious moments which had us all in fits but also some very sad moments which has us all near to tears. I actually came out having enjoyed this film more than the first and loved every moment of it, there is no doubt about adding this to our collection.

Another great Pixar film.

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Review by: michelleh (Michelle)
Dated: 18th of July, 2016

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This Review: 10/10
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My daughters and I have seen Finding Nemo so many times I can almost recite the film word for word so we were extremely excited at the prospect of watching Finding Dory. After watching the necessary cinema trailers, we were treated to a short film called Piper about a small bird going outside it's comfort zone and overcoming it's fear of the water to search for food. Although it got lots of chuckles from the audience (my daughters included) it was a little unnecessary.

Although Finding Nemo is about Marlin's search for his son Nemo, Finding Dory is based on Dory finding her parents and as she suffers from short term memory loss, we know this is going to be an interesting adventure. She manages to lose Nemo and Marlin quite early on in the film and due to being trapped in rubbish in the ocean, finds herself at the Marine Life Institute, an aquarium that rehabilitates marine life with the motto "Rescue, Rehabilitate and Return". Whilst Nemo and Marlin try and find a way into the aquarium to rescue Dory, Dory is making friends with Hank the octopus (who has amazing camouflage skills) and the pair embark on a mission to find her parents. She also gets reacquainted with Destiny, a short sighted whale shark who remembers her when she was little. It turns out that Dory was actually born in the aquarium but got swept out to sea in the 'undertow' and when she returns, her parents are no longer there...

Finding Dory of course has a happy ending and is a fabulous family film that we all enjoyed! The animation was faultless, the characters were original and I can't recommend it highly enough. My daughters have already asked me to purchase this on DVD when it comes out so I know this will be a classic to be enjoyed years from now.

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Review by: jopukeko (Jo)
Dated: 26th of June, 2016

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This Review: 10/10
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Finding Nemo came out before I had children but I still went along with other childless friends to see it. We all loved it. My children have seen Finding Nemo several times on DVD and when it came out in3D in the cinema. They loved it. When we heard there was a Finding Dory movie coming out I promised my girls (now 7 1/2 and 6 years old) we would go and see it. They were so excited but I didn't let on that I was just as keen.

Before the movie there was a short film called Piper about a cute little chick overcoming its fear of the water. The animation was so realistic that as it opened with the waves lapping the beach I took a moment to assess whether it was animated or not. The whole theatre was laughing at the antics of the chick but I really wanted Finding Dory to start.

Finding Dory starts off with a young Dory and her parents. I wondered whether this movie was actually a prequel but then I recalled the trailers and knew the movie was actually about adult Dory. It is set a year after the first film and also features Nemo and his dad Marlin. Along with the turtles these are the only characters that are in both movies. It is essentially a movie about Dory searching for her parents.

As expected the animation was fantastic. We saw it in 2D but I would love to see it in 3D with the marine animals coming to life. Both my girls are not ones to sit still but they both were glued to the screen. At one stage I looked over to my youngest and realised she was crying. Even with tissues and hugs she cried for most of the second half of the movie. There were lots of times when we laughed and a few that we cheered.

We were introduced to several new characters, my favourite being an octopus called Hank that had great camouflage abilities. The girls said they loved him too but also liked the cute otters, Destiny the whale shark and Bailey the beluga whale. All of these had disabilities that kept them at the aquarium. There was also an important environmental message. There was lots of rubbish in the ocean and Dory got tangled in the plastic from a six pack. The aquarium had the motto "Rescue, Rehabilitate and Return." This was repeated several times throughout the movie.

The children were also given an activity booklet that contained information on the characters and their species as well the usual colouring in, join the dots and code cracking. This was a lovely gesture and have kept the children busy for hours. We all loved the movie and are recommending it to everyone. We will be getting it on DVD as I am sure it will be watched over and over.

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