Finding Dory

Reviewed
Sat. 12/3/16
Finding Dory
3.5833333333333
Acting
3.5
3.5/5
Morality
4
4/5
Music
4
4/5
Story
2.5
2.5/5
Visuals
4.5
4.5/5
Kernel Factor
3
3/5
A Disney-Formulated Box-Office Winner
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Family
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Kids/Family
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

Disney recently said that after Finding Dory and Incredibles 2 it will be done with sequels for a while. Good call. It's not that this movie is bad, it's just vanilla. It was an easy move for them, and the story shows it. There are of course exceptions within the story that come across very heartfelt and offer great lessons for kids and adults alike. However, her memory loss is a laborious struggle and Disney uses it as a crutch to move the film along. The last ten minutes hurt me. They needed more time to wrap up the film properly, but just decided to stuff it all in as quickly as possible. Very unfortunate. The music was solid, the voices/acting were good, and the animation was incredible, per usual.

Acting
Overall good matches of voices with characters. Ed O'Neil was the best casting decision and put this in a higher rank for me
Morality
Like most animation this has great lessons. Some questionable elements (sort of morality related) like Dory not really caring she found her parents was just strange.
Music
Music is so important to this film (and every animation especially), and it helps this film flow well
Story
It's "original", but it really doesn't feel like it. It feels like a basic extension of a wonderful, well-executed, and very profitable, Finding Nemo. 
Visuals
Beautiful! Hank, the 7-legged octopus was a nightmare for them to animate, but the team rose to the challenge. There were times where it seemed like they made this movie to do what hadn't been done in animation, instead of telling a story.
Kernel Factor
If the ending would've been what I think the director/writers wanted this would have been way better, but the fast-paced ending ruined a lot of what this film had going for it


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