America fell in love with a blue tang named Dory when she helped Marlin find his lost son Nemo in 2003, so it seemed like a no-brainer to produce a movie explaining why Dory has no short-term memory and where she came from. We all love backstories, and because Dory is so close to our hearts, we definitely wanted to know hers. But, we didn’t know it would be so dark.
Finding Dory held none of the humor that peppered Finding Nemo, and the animation was noticeably darker than its predecessor. There were multiple times that I just sighed and put my head in my hands thinking, “This is way too sad.” While Dory’s forgetfulness was cute and endearing in Nemo, her condition was really upsetting in her own film.
While many critics praise the film for being deeper and more emotionally tied than the first movie, but I just felt dragged down by the end of it. Sure, Dory was able to conquer her memory loss by the end of the movie, but for the majority of her screen time, she felt alone and worthless, which isn’t really what I think a children’s movie is supposed to do.
I remember Finding Nemo (in my childhood memories and from the time I watched it about four months ago) as a funny movie with a cute lesson at the end. Finding Dory was a polar opposite. There was, of course, a lesson to be learned, but it was taught through dark scenes and sad moments. I didn’t really laugh or even smile that often while watching. I was just kind of sad for little Dory.
I will say that Baby Dory is adorable, and there were some very cute and a few laughable moments throughout the film, but as a whole, I felt it to be a fish flop. I thought it tried too hard to be deep and emotional when we just wanted a lighthearted movie about an animated fish with an endearing quirk. I’m sad to say that I was disappointed. Happy kommenting :)