Finding Dory (2016) Film Review

Remember Dory, the dippy fish who helped Marlin find his son in Finding Nemo? Ever wonder where she came from? Well, wonder no more. Here’s her origin story, and it’s so much fun. As a small fish, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) who has a memory condition, got lost. Now that Nemo (Hayden Rolence)has been found and returned home, oops! Dory’s gotten lost again. This time, it’s not her parents but Nemo and Marlin(Albert Brooks) who are looking for her, and helping her to find her way home. And gradually, she starts to remember things.

Slight issue, and this is an odd one. But if she has had a mental condition which means that she cannot form new memories and she’s had it since birth, then why can it suddenly start coming back? I suppose at least they didn’t give her a real human condition, but it does annoy me that sometimes it seems like films are sending the message that hey, while it’s fine for you to have a particular disability, if you try real hard, you can overcome it. Apart from the fact that for so many conditions, no, you can’t just try hard to change, it suggests that all those people who suffer the condition just aren’t trying hard enough, and that’s bullshit. Oops, didn’t think this movie review would get me into sweary land. Maybe I need to not expect films to be better than they are.

Finding Dory was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Animated Film.

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