Finding Dory (2016)

If you have short-term memory loss, how do you remember that you have it? The same question has been raised for Memento, but these films could not be more different.

Finding Dory is a bit of a misleading title. Dory, the fan-favorite blue tang fish from Finding Nemo, does not need to be found. She is not missing. Nobody is missing. Dory got lost. She got lost, and she suddenly remembers she needs to find her family.

The sudden recollections of this film are, admittedly, convenient. Yes, I understand that memory can be like that. You’re not thinking of something, and all of a sudden it’s right there in your head. It’s just that the timing of these memories is such an obvious plant–I need to stop complaining.

This is a very cute film. It might not have the originality of Nemo, but The Force Awakens was A New Hope, and that turned out fine. The flashbacks and memories actually play an important part, and I might even like the characters more in this one–you have a seal played by Idris Elba, a whale shark by Kaitlin Olson, and an octopus/septopus voiced by Ed O’Neill. Anytime they’re on screen, I get just the biggest smile on my face. There is enough about this world that is new, and I’m thankful.

It’s not a perfect film, not by any stretch of the imagination. It is, however, enjoyable, and just good enough to warrant its very existence. Plus, you’ll never be able to hear Sigourney Weaver’s name again without smiling, and I love that.

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Finding Dory is in theaters now.

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