These days I just don’t understand why so many movies hit UK cinema screens before or at the same time as the US while others, such as Finding Dory, take so long. If they’ve been waiting for UK schools to finish for the summer in order to get maximum numbers into the cinema, then that’s crazy. I know parents who have resorted to illegally downloading Finding Dory because they couldn’t wait, so that’s not good for the industry at all. I remember the days when I used to be able to buy imported DVDs from the US for movies which still hadn’t been released in the UK yet, but these days it’s far easier for someone to just download it. Maybe somebody who knows a bit more about this kind of thing can fill me in on why we have such varying release times and I’ll just quit moaning about it for now…😊
Finding Dory picks up a year later from Finding Nemo, but before that we’re introduced to baby Dory, who is super cute!! We find out a bit about her early life, before she becomes separated from her parents and ends up at the point where we meet her in Finding Nemo. Things are
slow for a bit while while we follow life with Dory, Nemo and Marlin. Even when Dory remembers where her parents are and sets off to find them, things are still a bit so-so. We see Crush again, but his scene is nothing we haven’t already seen in Finding Nemo and you begin to wonder if this is going to be a not-so-good retelling of the previous movie.
And then we start getting introduced to a lot of new characters. All of them funny and all of them add to the story. The sea lions are hilarious, and the scenes with Gerald nearly have me spitting out my gourmet Belgian chocolate popcorn (which is REALLY tasty!).
It’s also great just how much of the action takes place outside of the ocean too, opening the movie up to explore and interact with the human world in a lot of fun ways. Dory, Nemo and Marlin are transported between scenes in buckets and jars, with Dory being aided by Hank the Octopus – brilliantly played by Ed O’Neill.
Anyway, I’ve been reading other people’s reviews for this movie for what seems like forever now, so what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Finding Nemo was just a beautiful, funny and emotional movie (and still is). My daughter was 4 when it came out and we watched it so many times, it’s just a great movie. Finding Dory isn’t quite as good as that, but it’s not far off. It manages to pack an emotional punch when it needs to, is great fun, and entertaining for the whole family. And, my now 17 year old daughter – she loved it too!