Finding Dory (2016) Movie Review


At its core, Finding Dory is basically Disney/Pixar’s version of Memento. 

I may be one of five other people on the planet who has no recollection of Finding Dory’s predecessor, Finding Nemo, since I saw it only once in third or fourth grade more than a decade ago. So really, I had no expectations going into it save for the already predetermined expectations I have with any Disney/Pixar combination. The result was an enjoyable watch both older individuals and young’uns will appreciate.

Finding Dory takes the audience on a journey as we rejoin the regal blue tang memory loss-ridden fish, Dory, as she attempts to find her family she lost years ago. With it being a sequel releasing 13 years since Nemo, there are a few cameos from its predecessor that appeared to the delight of the audience that surrounded me at the theatre.

Becky teaming up with this guy would be my vote for a third movie

There are a ton of memorable secondary characters in this movie that made me crack up way more than I anticipated. One of them being Becky With the Red Eye. Idris Elba AKA the World’s Most Perfect Man and Dominic West AKA JIMMY F’ING McNULTY lend their beautiful voice talents to a pair of sea lions who may appear to be lazy creatures that just lie around their rock all day, but oh there is so much more to them. I could tell. They would do terrific on The Wire. 

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The key player to this is obviously Ellen DeGeneres‘ Dory and she does a terrific job portraying both the frustration her character experiences but also the immense joy and wonderment she exudes as well. Again, the secondary characters such as Bailey, voiced by Ty Burrell, Hank (Ed O’Neill) and Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) are fantastic in this movie and as mentioned, there was a little loon named Becky that stole my heart.

Finding Dory’s animation is also beautiful, the vastness of the ocean and its minor features are a joy for the eyes to see, although there weren’t any specific moments that made my jaw drop from how alluring the animation was. I adore the ocean, however and appreciate any work that delves into that captivating world… Except the Jaws that had Michael Caine in it. That wasn’t very good.


I appreciate the message Finding Dory attempted to convey with learning to not allow one’s disabilities to hinder themselves and I think they did a wonderful job with it, however, and this honestly is just the grumpy old man I have in me, the message was beat over your head… Multiple times… And then once more just for clarity.
Honestly though, for the people that run out to buy animals and hold them in captivity after watching a movie such as this or Nemo, when that is literally the #1 thing respectively both movies are saying DON’T DO, YOU DINGBATS, you wonder a bit where the brains are of those Can-I-Speak-To-Your-Manager individuals.

That is not what Sigourney Weaver would want.

If you’re looking for a fun animated movie with hysterical characters and a message behind it to teach kids not to be jerks, check out Finding Dory.

Finding Dory receives 3.5/5 Matt Damon heads.


Skyfall (2012)


Q: There are only about six people in the world who could set up fail-safes like this.
James Bond: Can you get past them?
Q: I invented them.

Starring: Daniel Craig as James Bond, Judi Dench as M, Naomie Harris as Eve, Berenice Marlohe as Severine, Ben Whishaw as Q and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, dir. Sam Mendes.

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Cinematographer: Roger Deakins (this guy is the Gary Oldman of the Oscar Cinematography World)


Back To The Future (1985)


Dr. Emmett Brown: I’m sure in 1985 plutonium is in every corner drug store, but in 1955, its a little hard to come by! I’m sorry, but I’m afraid you’re stuck here

Starring: Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown, Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines McFly, Crispin Glover as George Hello Anybody in There?? McFly and Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, dir. Robert Zemeckis.

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Cinematographer: Dean Cundey (Halloween, The Thing, Hook Jurassic Park)

Her (2013)


Amy: I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.

Starring: Joaquin Pheonix as Theodore, Scarlett Johansson as Samantha and Amy Adams as Amy, dir. Spike Jonze

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Cinematographer: Hoyte van Hoytem(Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Interstellar, Spectre)

My 2015 Complete Movie List: #19 – #11

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Here are the movies that came in at #19 – #11 on my complete movie list for 2015. We’re almost at the finish line and it only took me halfway into the year…smh.

19. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 

The end has finally come for ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise (for now at least) and even though it felt like the hype for the series died down a little by the time this last installment was released, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good finale. It ended on a nice action-filled note that finally resolved the story of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). Unfortunately this installment seemed to not have the greatest payoff since the first two movies of the franchise started things off greatly and really had me anticipating how exactly things were going to end (even though I wiki’ed the books). It’s really hard to build on what two…

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Macbeth (2015)


Macbeth: If we should fail…
Lady Macbeth: We’ll not fail.

Starring: Michael Fassbender as Macbeth, Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, Paddy Considine as Banquo, David Thewlis as King Duncan and Sean Harris as Macduff, dir. Justin Kurzel.

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Cinematographer: Adam Arkapaw (Lore, Assassin’s Creed, The Light Between Oceans)

Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and director Justin Kurzel have teamed up for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation.. So just incase you need another reason to become super hyped, you’re welcome.


Dirty Dancing (1987)


Johnny: Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine. You gotta hold the frame.

Starring: Jennifer Grey as Baby, Patrick Swayze as Johnny, Cynthia Rhodes as Penny Johnson and Jerry Orbach as Dr. Jake Houseman, dir. Emile Ardolino.

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Cinematographer: Jeff Jur (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Bessie)