Friday, October 14, 2016

Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory is an educational film for parents who have children with some learning disability. The movie tugs at your heart strings, but it's hard to forget it's not just an infomercial!

Riding on Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity status, Finding Dory keeps reminding the viewers that Ellen is a superstar. Particularly in the beginning of the movie, she keeps saying "Hi, I'm Dory!" with the exact same level of emotion (i.e., line delivery) as she would in an interview with another celebrity. There's no secret that the force behind this sequel was Ellen herself. But if you bear with her, after the 30-minute mark, she morphs into the character and delivers a heartwarming performance.

As a fan of the Fatman on Batman podcast, Marc Bernardin's story about how his autistic child was in love with the Dory character was repeating in my brain as I was watching Finding Dory. The movie is for sure a response to that community. It educates parents on how they should treat their children, and also encourages the said children to believe in themselves - just as "what Dory would do?".

The pacing is pretty good; the side-characters are funny (particularly the sea lions); and the visuals are amazing. As an educational video, it's a must see, especially for parents of autistic children. I'd give it a 7/10.

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