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Finding Dory Review

We found Dory! Let me tell you one thing: if you enjoyed Marlin’s search for Nemo, you will love Finding Dory!

Excitement has been palpable at home ever since I first mentioned our day out and we must have watched Finding Nemo three times this week, getting more and more excited after each screening in our living room, laughing harder every time, comparing our favourite moments.

We arrived at Disney HQ right on time for the start of the 3D screening and just had time to grab ice cream from the foyer and we were shown to our seats.

It was my first time ever watching a whole film in 3D. We were handed 3D glasses as well as wipes for the glasses as we came in and I gave mine a good clean. Throughout the first half of the film, I was still seeing a blurry picture and I thought there was an issue with the 3D thing. After all, we were watching the film before its actual release. As I was wiping my glasses for the umpteenth time, I realised it was my sunglasses I had been wearing, not the 3D glasses, which were on my lap. What a complete and utter idiot! The rest of the film was a lot clearer…

SPOILER ALERT! If you would rather not know what the latest Disney PIXAX movie is about, stop reading now.

If you thought Dory was cute as a forgetful adult, you will fall in love with wide-eyed baby Dory. When young Dory becomes separated from her mum and dad, she feels lost, scared and alone. The fact she forgets most things every ten seconds or does not help. Until she meets Marlin and goes on a quest across the ocean to find Nemo with him, that is. Reliving their first encounter from Dory’s point of view is magical, surreal even.

Nemo, Marlin and Dory embark on an adventure to find Dory’s parents. Dory makes lots of friends along the way, loses her clown fish travel companions and gets reunited with long lost friends along the way. Dory’s flashbacks, or memories progressively coming back to her, help you understand Dory better. It also makes it really clear what living with short-term memory loss means to her, what she feels every day and the anxiety attached to her condition.

You will get the same warm, fuzzy feeling that enveloped you when you first watched Finding Nemo, but might not laugh as much. The plot is more emotional than ‘can’t stop laughing’ hilarious. It is heart-warming all the way through, full of humour.

Sequels can be hugely disappointing, but Finding Dory is not. It is visually stunning. A disability message shines through, showing Marlin that ‘different’ is actually beautiful, that it should be celebrated rather than being frowned upon. What Dory does best is forgetting. Should we not try to think of obstacles with a blank, fresh mind instead of overthinking?

What would Dory do?

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

Finding Dory Review

Disclosure: We were invited to watch Finding Dory as part of the Huggies® Little Swimmers® ambassadorship programme. All photos and opinions are my own.



    • Mel
      21/07/2016 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks sweetie, we really did! xxx

  1. Mellissa Williams
    30/07/2016 / 7:33 am

    Looking forward to seeing this, I think it will be all round family entertainment!

    • Mel
      30/07/2016 / 8:49 am

      It really is a brilliant film for the whole family. Loved every minute of it!

  2. Vikki Holness
    30/07/2016 / 9:43 am

    I haven’t read all of this because i don’t want to spoil the film but i am SO jealous. I bet you had the most wonderful day out at Disney HQ and the film must have been amazing in 3D! xx

    • Mel
      30/07/2016 / 2:27 pm

      We really had an amazing day. If you are planning to go and see it: do! It’s brilliant!

  3. Lauren | Belle du Brighton
    30/07/2016 / 9:47 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this! I’m going to take my 3 year old and have a little mummy daughter date with her I think!

    • Mel
      30/07/2016 / 2:23 pm

      She’s going to love that!

  4. tinyfootsteps2015
    30/07/2016 / 12:37 pm

    Haha, made me giggle that you had been wearing your sunglasses instead of the 3D pair. Totally the sort of thing I’d do. I can’t wait to see this film – will have to wait until the DVD release though as my daughter is a tad young for the cinema at the moment.

    • Mel
      30/07/2016 / 2:23 pm

      I only took my 3, 5 and 7 year olds. I think our 2 year old would have caused mayhem throughout the film. It was nice to watch a whole film uninterrupted actually. I’m such an idiot for wearing my sunglasses! Can you tell I don’t go to the cinema that often?

  5. Lilinha Espindula
    30/07/2016 / 9:03 pm

    We also watched Finding Dory at the Disney HQ, but with a different company. We loved the movie, so cute! 🙂

    • Mel
      30/07/2016 / 9:55 pm

      It was brilliant, wasn’t it?

  6. dearbearandbeany
    30/07/2016 / 10:38 pm

    I can’t wait to take Alice to see this film. I loved Finding Nemo. Looks a lovely day out x

    • Mel
      30/07/2016 / 11:09 pm

      It was a really nice day out, and we all loved the film.

  7. This Mama Life
    02/08/2016 / 6:45 pm

    Oooh I’m so excited to see this film! I might take my two year old to it for her first ever cinema trip this weekend. Glad you had fun 🙂 x

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