Friday, July 8, 2016

Movie Review Madness - Finding Dory

Oh Pixar – you are wonderful. The magic of film truly lives with this company. An opening short film called Piper is magical – not many words. Just cute images of a baby sandpiper learning to dig up shells, learning about the power of the ocean, and truly finding his sea legs. Extraordinarily cute.  

Then our main event, Finding Dory, is beyond excellent. Superb animation – the film glows with color. Excellent story line – it picks up where Finding Nemo left off and has Dory finding her parents. But it also highlights learning challenges, memory, family, and friends. So many messages in a short film. However, it does not beat you over the head with stuff – the message is subtle but strong.  Enjoyable humor – nice warm chuckles with so many lines. Engaging characters – Dory, Marlin, Nemo, and Hank the octopus. Fabulous voice acting and well thought out rich characters.

Yes, I gush. This film is just entertaining and worthy of your money – see it on the big screen. Ellen DeGeneres is so sincere and rather poignant as Dory. With her short term memory loss she’s challenged. Yet the glow of her spirit shines and perseverance wins out. Her mother (Diane Keaton) and Dad (Eugene Levy) left her with good life lessons and slowly she works her way back to find them (spoiler alert – will there be a reunion??)

And Hank the octopus deserves his own film. Such a hoot. We know, from real life, how clever octopus are in escape, etc. Hank sets the example for intrepid escapes, schemes, and true friendship. He does not let Dory down.


I won’t give more away. Just go now and see Finding Dory– hear Albert Brooks (Marlin) fret for Dory, Nemo, and life. Root for Dory, the blue tang with a huge heart and big eyes to navigate the seas, the Marine Wild Life Institute (shout out to Sigourney Weaver), and find her roots – her path of seashells.  Glorious film making………this is why I love the movies!!!

21 comments:

  1. Hank did rather steal the show.
    I didn't think it was quite as good as Nemo, but it was still a lot of fun.
    I saw another blogger had reviewed it and was really disappointed. Funny how people can see the same movie and yet not.

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    1. to each his own. I was completely entertained

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  2. A great review.Made excellent reading.
    Yvonne.

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    1. thanks. now to see the movie....

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  3. I've heard that it's a great movie! And Piper too. One of my friends posted a couple pics from Piper on FB and it looks absolutely adorable.

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    1. Go see for yourself. You will enjoy

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  4. I hear it is enchanting. We will see it I am sure :)

    betty

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    1. charming and in air conditioning!

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  5. I'll see it indeed. Pixar usually gets in right, except for Cars 2 and Brave.

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    1. I liked Brave. Cars and Cars 2 - not so much

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  6. We saw it, and I loved it too for all the reasons you listed. Another winner from Pixar in my opinion!

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    1. we tend to agree!! What's up for this weekend? Secret Life of Pets looks cute

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  7. Wow, what a stellar recommendation. We'll have to make a point of seeing it. (We don't even wait to see this kind of movie with the grandkids, anymore. We go see them because WE enjoy them!) And I love sandpipers, so I'm intrigued at the short, too. :)

    We went to an IMAX theater at a local museum today, and saw, "A Beautiful Planet." WOW! It was fabulous, and was shot by astronauts aboard the space station. I even got to see the aurora borealis, one of the things on my bucket list. :)

    Have a super weekend!

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    1. I shall see if that IMAX is playing around here. Sounds wonderful

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  8. Andrew Stanton, who wrote it, is from here on Cape Ann. I know his mother. Everyone is so amazed by all he has accomplished. Wonderful movies and wonderful guy.

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  9. Very cool. Congrats to him on bringing joy to this world through his words. Tell his mother I said so

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  10. Oh Boy, I can hardly wait to see Finding Dory. I may have to go to the big screen for this one....after all you did gush!

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    1. Did you see it this weekend? I did gush!

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