Movie Review: Finding Dory (2016)


The sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory focuses on Dory’s Backstory. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Dory was released on June 17th, 2016. 

Finding Dory begins with a baby Dory (Sloane Murray/ Ellen DeGeneres) playing hide and seek with her parents. Her parents were concerned with Dory’s short term memory loss. One day baby Dory get swept by the undertow into the drain. She ends up in the open Ocean. She tries searching for them but soon forgets.

Flash forward a year after Finding Nemo, Dory now lives with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) in the reef. One day while helping Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson) supervise a field trip, Dory had a flashback of her parents. The class returns to the reef. Nemo asked Dory of she remembered but she said no. The next morning Dory wakes Marlin and Nemo, she remembers that she lived at the. Jewel of Morro Bay in California.

Marlin and Nemo go with Dory to find her parents. Upon arriving in the waters off California, they accidentally disturb a giant squid, causing a scary chase. Marlin starts scolding Dory, who decides to swim to the surface for help. Dory is swooped up by marine biologists, tagged and taken to quarantine, where she meets Hank (Ed O’Neill) the octopus. Dory and Hank make a deal, Hank will get Dory’s tag so he can go to Cleveland if he helps Dory find her family. The two work together to help find Dory’s old exhibit, during their travel through the aquarium, Dory accidentally gets knocked into the whale shark tank. Dory learns that the whale shark is Destiney (Kaitlin Olsen) her pip buddy, and her neighbor is Bailey (Ty Burrell), the beluga who thinks he lost his echolocation. This gives Dory more flashbacks of her family.

Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo ask two sea lions, Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West) for help. They recommend a disfigured loon named Becky  to fly them over the wall. The two clownfish get Becky to do just that but she dropped them into a tank by the gift shop. Nemo tells his father to think like Dory. Together they are able to water hop into the pipes where they run into Dory.

Marlin, Nemo and Dory make it to the open water exhibit only to find that the blue tangs were in quarantine being shipped to Cleveland. They rush through the pipe systems to reach quarantine but don’t find Dory’s parents among the blue tangs. The other tangs said they searched for years but never returned. Saddened by the news, Dory is swept up by Hank, but Hank missed Marlin and Nemo. Before he could rescue them. Marine biologists capture him. Dory is dropped down the drain and she ends up back into the ocean.

While wandering around she spots a purple shell, then another and another. She follows it to a brain coral that had many purple shell trails leading to it. But it was empty. As shes turning to leave, she spots her parents swimming towards her. Finally reunited they become a family again. This triggers her brain to think of Marlin and Nemo, who need rescuing. With the help of Bailey’s new found echolocation, they learn that Marlin, Nemo and Hank are on the truck, which has left the institution. Destiney and Bailey jump over the institutions walls, finding dory and her parents. As a team they come up with a plan, using the cute and friendly otters as a distraction. During the rescue, Dory gets trapped too. With Hank’s help, Dory and Hank make it to the cab of the truck. Dory navigates as Hank drives. Together they drive into they ocean, freeing all the fish.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, is here and it wasn’t what we hoped for, it is even better. It is more of a prequel and a sequel combined. It covers the backstory of Dory and what happened to her but also takes us on an adventure back to California meeting new friends on the way. It is great for kids and learning more about ocean life. It is perfect for a family movie night.

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