'Finding Dory’ finds a soft spot

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 5:43 PM
'Finding Dory’ finds a soft spot by Gabriel Hypes

A heartwarming, feel- good experience is pretty much what one can expect from any Disney-Pixar movie. “Finding Dory” is no different.

“Finding Dory” has an emotional throughline that tears at you just as hard as any animated movie, even matching “Toy Story 3,” but that doesn’t mean the film lives up to its predecessor, “Finding Nemo.”

The new entry stars Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang fish, that has never truly had a family. One day, she remembers that she does have a family, she just cannot remember who or where they are because she suffers from short term memory loss. Going by what she does remember, Dory goes on an adventure to the other side of the world with her friends Marlin and Nemo to find the family she has so desperately sought.

Along the way, she faces many obstacles. To overcome them, she needs to work with an octopus called Hank, a whale shark named Destiny, and a beluga whale that goes by Bailey, if she ever wants to see her parents again.

Dory’s character truly pulls at the heart strings throughout.

Compared to “Finding Nemo,” “Finding Dory” has a lot more heartfelt moments. What was a gag in the original, Dory’s short term memory loss, is front and center in the film and one truly feels the pain of Dory not remembering anything. Throw in personalities like Hank, who has no home and wants to be alone in a glass box for the rest of his life, and you’ll fall for the characters more than anything else.

Even with the characters and the feeling of wanting Dory to find her family, the film certainly has its faults.

“Finding Dory,” just like “Finding Nemo,” is based around an adventure, traveling across the world to reach your final goal, but Dory’s adventure does not feel like much of a challenge.

In “Finding Nemo,” the movie felt like a struggle throughout, while in Dory’s movie, it’s just getting to one destination in the first 20 minutes, while the plot moves onto the next obstacle almost immediately with little trouble. It never really felt like all hope was lost and so Dory’s adventure was not as memorable as Nemo’s. Not living up to “Finding Nemo” should not be a bad thing though.

“Finding Dory” is still a great movie and is enjoyable by anyone of any age. 

Gabriel Hypes is a staff writer for The Spectator. 

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