Monday, June 20, 2016

Finding Dory Movie Review

Eliot and I went to see Finding Dory this weekend!  The movie was so good!  It's easy to see why it's the breaking records as the highest-grossing animated film debut of all time.  We both loved it, and we're already talking about going to see it again.

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We had planned to go to the Saco Drive-In since they were showing Finding Dory and Zootopia back to back.  Eliot and I arrived well before the movie was supposed to start, and the drive-in was already full.  There were at least 30 other cars trying to get in, so many that they pulled into the break down lane with their blinkers on.  (I really hope this means the drive in theater will pair these movies together again soon!)

Instead, we drove down the road to the local movie theater.  Thankfully, there were a few more shows starting within the hour.  We decided that we'd go see it in IMAX 3D since we went to the traditional movie theater.  I'm so glad we saw it in 3D too!

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Of course, the visuals were beyond incredible.  Disney and Pixar always stuns me with their beautiful animation.  The amount of color and detail was amazing.  Sometimes, I thought I was underwater swimming alongside the characters.

Speaking of characters, Dory as a baby has got to be one of the cutest baby Disney characters ever.  (Baby Sven is still my top favorite!)  Through her memory flashbacks, we learn Dory's backstory, meet her parents and we find out where she's from.  We also learn how Dory's motto "Just Keep Swimming" came to be.

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The new characters introduced in the movie were a great addition.  After seeing previews, I didn't really know what to think of all the new additions.  However, they were all wonderful.  The sea lions and Becky the loon were hilarious and the perfect comedic relief.  The whales were an important part of the plot.  And then there was Hank.  Hank surprised me most of all.  I won't spoil his role in all of this, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one in the audience who fell for Hank the octopus.

The storyline was perfect.  I didn't know what to expect, even after seeing all of the trailers.  The whole story fit together seamlessly.  When it got to a certain part near the end ("Shells; I like shells.") I realized what was going to happen and I started to tear up.  It was definitely a sequel that's just as good, if not better, than the original.

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Finally, one piece of advice if you haven't gone to see the movie: Don't leave before the credits end!  Disney and Pixar are known for tucking in little snippets at the end of their credits, and this one did not disappoint!  In fact, I think it's the longest end credit scene I've ever seen.  Don't be like 90% of our theater and leave or you'll miss it!

Overall, Finding Dory was a fantastic (or should I say "fin-tastic"?) movie.  It's another Disney Pixar masterpiece and I know it will be loved for years to come.  °o°

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