Finding Dory – an adult’s review of what could be a hellish couple of hours!

FINDING DORY - DORY (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) is a bright blue tang with a sunny personality. She suffers from short-term memory loss, which normally doesn’t upset her upbeat attitude—until she realizes she’s forgotten something big: her family. She’s found a new family in Marlin and Nemo, but she’s haunted by the belief that someone out there is looking for her. Dory may have trouble recalling exactly what—or who—she’s searching for, but she won’t give up until she uncovers her past and discovers something else along the way: self-acceptance. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved

Motherhood has not brought with it a new and sudden appreciation for children’s films.  In fact, quite the opposite!!

Every time I hear the mother of a small child say “oh well of course, we don’t really watch TV at all in our house”.  I immediately think two things, the first is LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE and the second is “good for you, truly really, good for you”, because in my house, where I live with my family and reality, of course the TV (or more to the point electronic entertainment portal) is on!

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It’s on first thing in the morning when its 5 am, my head hasn’t woken up yet and my whole body feels like it’s been on a spin cycle rather than getting some restful sleep, and a tablet switched to CBeebies given to a small child sat in bed next to me gives some respite and snooze time for maybe a whole more 30 minutes!

It’s on sometimes when I have to sit in front of my laptop and tap away as I am now.

It’s on, after long hot sunny days of playing are over and some chill time is needed.

Its on, so that I may visit the toilet in relative peace.

It’s on, when it’s raining and I just can’t think of anything to do that sounds remotely fun inside!

It’s on, while I scrub the kitchen after baking something revolting… creative with a small helper, who managed to re-colour my kitchen “flour”.

It’s on, on a Sunday afternoon when all I want to do is bugger all, after a week of “go”!! So the words “let’s have a movie afternoon” are uttered, and we traipse off to the corner shop for some microwave popcorn and find something on Netflix.

So, really and truly if you don’t need time to crap in peace “good for you”, if your children are happy to play with hessian squares whilst eating quinoa cookies “hip hip bloody hooray”, but I live where reality comes to stay, and we all thank the lord for Mr Tumble!

FINDING DORY - Pictured (L-R): One year after his big overseas adventure, NEMO (voice of Hayden Rolence) is back to being a normal kid: going to school and living on the coral reef with his dad and their blue tang neighbor, Dory. His harrowing adventure abroad doesn’t seem to have sapped his spirit. In fact, when Dory remembers pieces of her past and longs to take off on an ambitious ocean trek to find her family, Nemo is the first to offer his help. He may be a young clownfish with a lucky fin, but Nemo wholeheartedly believes in Dory. After all, he understands what it’s like to be different. MARLIN (voice of Albert Brooks) may have traveled across the ocean once, but that doesn’t mean he wants to do it again. So he doesn’t exactly jump at the opportunity to accompany Dory on a mission to the California coast to track down her family. Marlin, of course, knows how it feels to lose family, and it was Dory who helped him find Nemo not so long ago. The clownfish may not be funny, but he’s loyal—he realizes he has no choice but to pack up his nervous energy and skepticism and embark on yet another adventure, this time to help his friend. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

That small rant brings me nicely onto Finding Dory!  A film I was not looking forward to at all!  I know a lot is made of how “these days” makers of kids blockbusters throw in a couple of adult jokes to keep us long suffering parents happy, but most of the time I find it incredibly hard to sit through the rest of the dross!!

But in Finding Dory I was very surprised, it was a Monday afternoon showing at my local Odeon.   Myself, my three year old son, a nursery friend and his mum!  We purchased a family ticket for £30 which saved us a whole heap of cash – as along with the four tickets, we also got two kids snack sets – drink, popcorn and sweets (Smarties or Randoms – always a bonus to fill up already excited kids with even more sugar……), plus two adult buckets of fizzy and a medium popcorn – result!!

The first thing of course was that the two children (3 year old and a 4 year old) were happily enthralled for virtually the entire film, but surprisingly, so was I!   It is on the surface twee and predictable, but some reason I loved it.  I forgot how annoying Dory’s voice is (sorry Ellen!), and enjoyed her as the main act!!

FINDING DORY - DESTINY (voice of Kaitlin Olson) may be a clumsy swimmer, but she has a big heart. She has a big everything, actually—whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea. Destiny resides in the Marine Life Institute, where one day an oddly familiar blue tang named Dory falls into her pool. Destiny is admittedly embarrassed by her obvious lack of grace, a product of poor eyesight, but Dory thinks she swims beautifully. And Dory is delighted to learn that her supersized friend speaks whale, too. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

I really loved the whales, and was able to suspend animation enough for fish to make it out of the water far too many times!!   The seals are brilliant and very funny.  The ending actually had me chuckling out loud and willing them on.

I had read a couple of reviews critical of how much time is spent out of the ocean in the Sealife Centre, but for me that made it, it was impossible but fun.

FINDING DORY - BAILEY (voice of Ty Burrell) is the Marine Life Institute’s resident beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz. The good news—or bad news, depending on who you ask—is that doctors at the MLI can’t seem to find anything wrong with him. Bailey’s flair for the dramatic never ceases to push his neighbor’s buttons: whale shark Destiny can’t seem to get through to him, no matter how hard she tries. Maybe he’ll listen to new friend Dory, who seems to be full of crazy ideas. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Yes the ending was totally predictable (as was the beginning and middle), but I loved it, perhaps it was all the artificial sweetener in my vat of Coke Zero, but I wasn’t bored for a moment, put me in front of Toy Story and I want to rip the heads of Barbies, but not Finding Dory!

For a quiet 103 minutes and a chance to have a sit down whilst actually amused this summer holiday, Finding Dory is definitely the choice!! Oh and if your kids don’t watch films….. good for you, try not to choke on your chai nettle latte!

FINDING DORY - OTTERS are seriously cute. Seriously, who can resist their sweet, furry faces? ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.