Finding Dory opened this weekend and if you missed it, then you’re the only one. Because apparently everyone already saw it and their grandfathers saw it with them. And grandmothers. And parents. And kids. Oh, the kids. It’s been 13 years since we last saw Dory, Marlin, Nemo and the gang and it’s pretty clear the world was hankering for them. Finding Dory broke all kinds of records starting with the biggie: it took in $132.6 million Father’s Day weekend, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time.
According to Deadline, it also marks the second-biggest June opening of all time, following last year’s Jurassic World and the second-biggest opening of 2016, behind Captain America: Civil War.
Previous reigning animated champion Shrek the Third is now in second place (which opened with $121.6 million in 2007), followed by Minions (which hauled in $115.7 million last summer) and Toy Story 3 ($110.3 mill in 2010).
While Dory had great opening numbers, its wonderful, hopeful, hilarious story will propel it to keep on swimming with audiences as the summer goes on. And it’s the characters that’ll have you coming back for more. The film’s smart about how it deals with all the varying personalities, abilities and disabilities and the fact that everyone’s different.
There’s Dory, obviously, whose short-term memory shapes her behaviour and frees her to be more spontaneous and capable of taking risks. She’s voiced perfectly by Ellen DeGeneres, who balances sweetness and innocence with scared and sad in a way that’ll hit you in the heart.
Marlin (Albert Brooks) is the complete opposite, a
person fish who gets frustrated easily and takes out that frustration on the one closest to him — which usually happens to be Dory.
And there’s Nemo (Hayden Rolence), who’s a bit of column Marlin but a lot of column Dory. He’s the bright light here, the one who sees things clearly and is unencumbered by anyone else’s opinion but his own.
We also got to reunite with Crush, Squirt and Mr. Ray; the faves we loved from Finding Nemo.
But it’s the newbies that steal the show, from Hank (Ed O’Neill), the cranky seven-tentacled octopus who is all of us; nearsighted whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and insecure beluga whale Bailey (Ty Burrell), both of whom we need in our lives; Dory’s sweet parents Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy), who refused to give up on their girl; to sea lions Fluke and Rudder, who provide comic relief with their hard Cockney accents (thanks for that, Idris Elba and Dominic West).
Most importantly, though, it’s the ones who don’t talk that will have you howling. Becky and Gerald, we love you! And the one who doesn’t stop yapping that will have you oohing and aahing. We’re looking at you, young Dory, with your adorable eyes that are too big for your body. Gah!
Basically, it’s the perfect movie. It’s got comedy, action, suspense, drama and so much heart. Go see it. And if you already have, watch it again. With or without kids. You know you want to.
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