A Finding Dory movie review is easy to find, but I’ve got a Finding Dory movie review for you from a mom… me! And there couldn’t be a better time for some levity. Like so many this week struggling with the news coming out of Orlando, we needed to find a little escape and were seeking some positive energy. The kids and I have been traveling for three weeks straight and welcomed the idea of going to the movies to see Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory.
I hope I’m not giving too much away, but I can cut right to the chase and say that I loved this movie. Beyond the usual reasons, that it’s entertaining and cute with fun characters voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, and many others including Sigourney Weaver, this story presented some incredible takeaway messages.
Finding Dory Movie Review – 2 Fins Up!
In Finding Dory, we meet characters that remind us that everyone has something special to offer if given the chance. The lovable Dory and her short-term memory loss, Nemo’s fin difference, Gerald the special sea lion, and Becky the loon (yes, I had to look that up), show the audience their unique challenges, frustrations, and teach us how they all have special gifts and a spirit to “just keep swimming”.
Parents with children that have any type of challenges – academically, emotionally, socially, physically, or any other way will feel this movie in the heart. These characters learn to utilize their strengths, figure out what works for them, and accept each other. Great messages to take home and discuss with the kids. During a scene that shows Dory sharing her frustration with herself and vulnerability, I realized both my kids had taken my hands. While there are scenes that may feel a bit heavy for young kids with some sadness, we walked away feeling it was an uplifting story. Dory struggles, but she recognizes and eventually learns to accept her challenge and herself. I also noticed how my kids both sat up in their seats and smiled as she figures out a way to triumph. She learns to rely on herself by focusing on her strengths rather than her weaknesses.
I could go on and on about how I can relate to this storyline, but there are other important aspects to Finding Dory. With the message of “rescue, rehabilitate, and release” repeated throughout the film, we grow to love these characters and cheer for them as ocean conservation is highlighted.
Last, but definitely not least, there are Dory’s parents, and her difficulty in trying to remember and reunite with them. While I can see how this part of the story might worry some kids and cause uneasiness, it provides an opportunity to open up a discussion and create a family meeting/emergency plan. We’ll be discussing this weekend our own family plan. What would we do if we got separated? How would we feel? How could we handle it?When we got home after seeing Finding Dory, my kids declared a cuddle party and I had nothing but hope and appreciation. Two emotions I needed this week.
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