Sunday, June 19

Movie Review: Finding Dory

Finding Dory may just be the most anticipated movie of all time. Seriously. We all assumed after the hit of Finding Nemo, and the instant adoration of Dory, the tang with a memory handicap, a sequel would be spewed out asap.

At least within a couple or three years. Year after year went by with no Dory. It became obvious there would not be a sequel, after all. Then the unthinkable happened: a sequel after 13 years. The worries became how it would do at the box office and whether the story line would be worth the wait and as interesting as the original film.

Worry no more. All is well with Dory and the Disney-Pixar team created another blockbuster with its sequel. We learn about Dory's "childhood" and how she came to be on her own.

Ellen Degeneres' brilliance, and popularity, comes from her ability to present Dory as an adorably naive without being annoyingly ditzy, showing glimmers of misunderstood brilliance in her approach to life and its challenges.
As Dory seeks out her parents, Nemo and Marlin follow along to find her. Although Dory discovers her memory during the journey, Marlin discovers how important Dory is to him and his family. Many laughs happen along the way, and new characters are introduced.

Perhaps the story line seems a little preachy to some, but it is truly a worthy message concerning caring for sea life, and the importance of family.

Bottom Line: Finding Dory is a must see film, which stands on its own or, as a sequel to Finding Nemo. Plan on a third movie to round out the set. Pray it doesn't take another 13 years.

Cast List
Dory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLEN DEGENERES
Marlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ALBERT BROOKS
Hank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ED O’NEILL
Destiny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KAITLIN OLSON
Nemo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAYDEN ROLENCE
Bailey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TY BURRELL 
Jenny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DIANE KEATON 
Charlie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .EUGENE LEVY 
Young Dory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SLOANE MURRAY 
Fluke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IDRIS ELBA 
Rudder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DOMINIC WEST 
Mr. Ray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BOB PETERSON 
Wife Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATE MCKINNON 
Husband Fish (Stan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BILL HADER 
Sigourney Weaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SIGOURNEY WEAVER 
Passenger Carl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALEXANDER GOULD 
Gerald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TORBIN XAN BULLOCK 
Crush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW STANTON 
Chickenfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATHERINE RINGGOLD
Tween Dory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUCIA GEDDES 
Squirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BENNETT DAMMANN 
Husband Crab (Bill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOHN RATZENBERGER 
Sunfish “Charlie Back and Forth” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANGUS MACLANE 
Gill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WILLEM DAFOE 
Bloat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRAD GARRETT 
Peach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALLISON JANNEY 
Gurgle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUSTIN PENDLETON 
Bubbles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STEPHEN ROOT 
Deb (& Flo) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .VICKI LEWIS 
Jacques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JEROME RANFT

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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