Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to see this movie with my family. All opinions are my own.
Finding Dory is in theaters! Hooray! This is a review based on my family’s opinions of the movie. My kids are 7,7 and almost 5.
After 13 years of waiting, Finding Dory is FINALLY IN THEATERS. I can still watch Finding Nemo weekly and crack up–Ellen is the best! When I heard there was a sequel coming out, I couldn’t wait to share the experience with my girls. Don’t you feel like we’ve been counting down forever?!
Going into this movie, I was a bit hesitant. Yes, we were SO excited, but the past two movies we have seen in the theater were quite scary for kiddos (Good Dinosaur and Zootopia). I had my fingers crossed that Pixar would pull though with a genuinely funny and warm movie for all of us to enjoy.
Verdict: it was AMAZING. All three of the girls (aged 7,7 and almost 5) enjoyed the movie. We saw it in 3D and there weren’t any moments when anyone was scared. Any moments which caused us to jump were followed by FRIENDLY fish, there was only one squid in the beginning who was a bit mean.
Finding Dory has many themes which are great lessons for kids:
- Never give up
- Allow others to help you and don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Trust yourself
- Anyone can be family
In this new journey, we meet up with old friends and meet new ones too. The premise of the story is Dory remembering her parents, then going on a mission to find them. There are adorable flashbacks of Dory as a baby fish with her parents. Throughout the story, she has memories of her past, which leads her on the entire journey. Dory learns to trust herself and follow her instincts, no matter what.
While most of the movie is happy, there is a moment which tears might be shed (okay, I was BALLING)–but rest assured, there is a happy ending. I won’t say any more to spoil the movie!
I loved that Dory had plenty of time on the journey by herself, plus Marlin and Nemo met new friends on their own path. The new characters introduced were all great additions!
Is this movie okay for children under 5? Yes. There aren’t any overly scary characters or scenes. In the beginning there is about a 3 minute scene where Dory, Marlin and Nemo were chased by a squid, but it passes quickly.
Is it worth seeing in 3D? I know the movie will be amazing no matter what, but if you have the means for the added cost of 3D, it’s worth it. The scenery of the ocean alone was fantastic.
To see more about the movie, be sure to check out the Finding Dory website!
Have you seen Finding Dory yet? What did you think?