Movies today are very commercial, we all know this. I’ve been going to animated type films with my granddaughter for many years and God bless, she always says she loves them all.
And so she did with Finding Dory but I was disgusted the entire movie.
First, we did see it in 3D, something I seldom do because I don’t see the benefit of the extra money. But in the case of THIS movie, it is the one good thing I could say about it. This movie, under the sea, the marine life, the beautiful color, was gorgeous in 3D.
Now let’s discuss the very, very stupid plot of this movie.
We begin by asserting that we do understand that giving animals human like traits is very common and I don’t have a problem with this. It’s part of the joy of watching, adds to the understanding, gives a depth to the plot.
But come on people, a fish with a short term memory problem? That’s a rare thing even in humans for goodness sake, much less a fish with a brain smaller than a pea.
It’s just too much to buy into is my complaint, that a fish manages to go through life forgetting everything is just learned because of this brain anomaly.
And the plot is very far-fetched, with fish hijacking trucks and flying with birds and translating fish water echoes into visual sights.
Seems Dory, the star of the movie and one of the fish who saved Elmo, an animate film from many years ago that was much more believable, lost her parents and the story is about Dory’s determination to find them.
And Dory, come on, she’s the only fish in the movie with buck teeth and why is this? Because Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of Dory, has teeth exactly like the cartoon fish and this was just so obvious. I like Ellen DeGeneres and consider she was a perfect voice for Dory, but DeGeneres has never met a promotional opportunity that she’d let pass by. Including having a fish with her voice look like her.
The story has a bunch of fish helping Dory find her parents and we’ve got seashell trails and forgetful Dory and a silly plot that looked as if a bunch of people threw a bunch of idea confetti on the table and an absurd story was somehow concocted.
Of course we have Dory stuff at McDonald’s and Pixar, AKA Disney, will make money on this fluff thrown together with little care save for the merchandise and revenue.
Come on producers and directors out there! You got to have a little pride when crafting an animated movie. The color and 3D of “Finding Dory” ain’t going to cut it.
This movie is best for someone five years old or less, someone who won’t laugh at the silly concept of a forgetful fish.
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Finding Dory wins just one miserable star, for one reason: The animation throughout is astonishingly realistic.
However, almost everything else about the film is a train wreck of ocean-sized proportions. Take no notice of the reviews of the critics, who seem to be doing everything to try and defend this horribly misguided mess.
But how is it a mess? Here’s why. The whole film just fails to give you a reason to want to sit through all of it again. It doesn’t feel like a proper story, instead more like a series of antics and ideas thrown into an overflowing, ugly mix. It’s chaotic, too long and so stupid at times that it has to be seen to be believed. This is easily one of Pixar’s worst.
Finding Dory’s most egregious flaw as its shockingly incompetent pacing. The film is frantic, mindless and over-concerned with shoving in jokes and sight gags. Scenes are so rushed and so needlessly silly that they just aren’t believable. Introduced characters get little development and are just forgettable. Will anyone really remember or care about Hank the octopus, Destiny the whale shark or those argumentative sea-lions in the future?
The film’s strict adherence to sequel clichés also seriously crosses the line. Returning plot elements, rehashed scenarios, character cameos and overblown action scenes are all here and are never justified. In fact, by the end of it, the entire film hasn’t even justified its existence. Furthermore, the characters suffer so much bad luck that it eventually turns into “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” with fish. Everything starts going wrong. Detours are constantly taken. Death is cheated over and over. And yet, the characters constantly escape via methods so contrived and convenient that it’s impossible to take seriously. Admittedly, it’s kind of creative in places, but it’s also as predictable as you can imagine.
The climax, however, is where the film finally crashes into the ground. It’s astoundingly awful. Picture this – an octopus driving a lorry extremely poorly and not crashing into any oncoming cars. A large group of otters hugging each other in the middle of the road in order to stop these cars. And finally, the same lorry being driven over a hill and into the sea. This is the climax simplified – except that it’s way, way worse than that. It can’t even describe how bad it is. It’s a horribly written climax and is jaw-droppingly nonsensical.
Why stop there? The film fails in so many other ways that you can play bingo with its flaws. There are way too many flashbacks to Dory’s cutesy childhood. “Emotional” scenes are dull and stretched thin. Marlin and Nemo are in it, but mean little to the plot. A scene where a bunch of kids are touching some sea life, who are shown feeling the constant pain, is not at all funny but uncomfortable. Several scenes, like one with a talking clam, just feel shoved in for no reason. Many jokes fall flat. The dialogue is stale and charmless. I could go on and on.
The whole thing is an embarrassing atrocity. As much as I’d love to give more stars to this movie, I feel it deserves just one. Because the bad aspects of this movie are so bad, they essentially undo the good ones. Yes, it’s well-animated. Yes, it has some very minor charming parts. Yes, it can be creative at times. But everything else about the film is brainless to a damning extreme. Finding Nemo worked because it was melancholic, tear-jerking and uplifting. It resonated with everyone. Its sequel has almost none of what made the original a masterpiece.
Well it’s been thirteen years but we finally have the movie that no one asked for, ‘Finding Dory’. Following the huge success of ‘Finding Nemo’ it’s hard to imagine that this film wasn’t going to happen. Even if we all got down and begged Pixar not to, they still probably would have made this movie. So this time around, Dory is our main character. Yes, Pixar has completely made up a story to give to the side character that everyone loved so much. With in the first ten minutes Dory magically remembers that she has a family and goes on the hunt for them. Sound like the first the film? Well it is.
It’s exactly like the first one. Only the difference is that this one is really stupid. ‘Finding Nemo’ happened because Nemo was taken away from his father. Him and his father were the only survivors after some fished killed their whole family. So it made sense that Nemos dad would trek across the whole ocean to find him.
The problem here is that you don’t really care about what is going on at all. The story the film builds around it’s characters is absolute nonsense. You mean to tell me that in the entire year that Dory was living with these guys no one bothered to ask her about her family? And that all those phrases that triggered her memory she was hearing for the first time in her life?
I don’t think so Pixar. As I watched this film it was apparent that this film was farted into existence. The film makers clearly just used this characters handicap to make up a pointless story. I mean they seriously could not think of any better way to tell the story then to just have her flash back like one hundred times?
Not only is this incredibly lazy but it made the whole movie feel incredibly convenient. The films story is only taking place because of something that was completely random and ridiculous. Not only that, but they seriously could not have come up with anything better than just rehashing the same story? It’s exactly the same story as the first just, the characters are playing slightly different roles.
How on earth do the film makers think that one can be invested in this film if the first one was not only the same, but better? The first had real, relatable emotions and experiences going on. It was easy to connect with the characters and sympathize with their voyage. But this film doesn’t do any of that. It just expects you to be blinded by nostalgia and love everything that is happening simply because you remember those characters.
Which it does nothing new with either. There was really only one new character in the whole film that had any kind of personality. Aside from that every new thing we are introduced to is only just as a plot device. Other than that, their main purpose was to be comedy relief. Which was mainly pointed at making fun of other handicapped animals. If this film isn’t subtly telling your children that you should make fun of handicapped people I don’t know what is.
While I certainly did not enjoy this film it isn’t without its few saving graces. For starters, the voice acting is once again great. Ellen as Dory is closest thing to perfect casting I have seen. Her and the other actors involved really seemed to commit to their performances. And while the story as a whole isn’t good there are a couple of great scenes in there.
The scene in the kid zone is particular great. Seeing how these fish view these kids poking them and grabbing them is pretty ingenious. As a whole it is also very well paced. There was very few dull moments here. That being said, this film should not have happened. Not only is it a symbol of how far Pixar has fallen but how much they actually care about their audience. No longer do they desire to make quality pictures, no, it’s all about the money now. This is very apparent thanks to how little thought was put into this movie. If you have kids, they might enjoy it. But if not, this one really is not worth your time.