Not the funny Dory from the first movie...too serious and dark of a movie!
When my husband and I read these reviews and saw that Finding Dory had 5 stars, we were like, "HUH?! First, if you want to see this movie, wait until it comes out on TV and see it for free. Don't waste your money in the theaters or renting it. It's not worth it. My husband and I and our 3 kids (3, 8 and 10), went, like most people, expecting the funny light-hearted Dory and Finding Nemo humor from the first movie. You will NOT find this in Finding Dory. Basically, Disney has turned the funny Dory with her short-term memory loss, into a tragedy and a disability that she must overcome (and apologize for a hundred times or so in the movie, especially the first 10 minutes). Not to spoil what's happening in the movie, but parents should know ahead of time that Dory loses her parents as a young fish because of her short-term memory (she can't find them). Losing your child or a child losing their parent in real life is pretty much any parent's/child's worst nightmare...how Disney/Pixar thought it would be a good idea to sit there and have us watch it play out on screen for almost 2 hours and to have their audience feel all those uncomfortable/intense/scary/sad feelings that would accompany such an experience, and then feel even worse for the child whose fault it was they lost their parents because of their disability, is beyond me. Yes, she finds them in the end because she is able to remember in her own Dory way, but there's about 10% (I'm being generous) fun/funniness/laughter/good feelings coming out of this movie and 90% sad/tragic/too serious and dark. They turn everything we laughed at in the first movie into tragedy and loss (literally with the flashbacks from the old movie), and you are left feeling guilty and uncomfortable for even laughing at Dory in the first movie. Yes, the message is nice about overcoming a disability and that is the only reason why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 or even a half, because though it's a good message, they presented it in the wrong way. It's like they tried to make a drama into a kids' movie...it's a very dark movie, more scary, too serious and uncomfortable than funny. Not to mention it's a cop out for Disney/Pixar to piggy-back so much on the themes/music/scenes of the first movie. It's just Finding Nemo in disguise except Dory is overcoming a mental disability whereas Nemo overcame a physical disability, and it's about 20x more of a darker mood and with way scarier/more intense scenes (way too intense in my opinion for 3-6 year olds). My husband and I literally sat there looking at each other wondering if we should leave (the first 10 minutes will tell you how the rest of the movie is going to go...it doesn't get much better). Seriously, don't waste your money...and we were big Finding Nemo fans too (key word being 'were' as the flashback scenes from that movie in Finding Dory just ruin the mood of the first movie and you're left wondering why you were laughing at Dory in the first movie in the first place with how much they make you feel sorry for her since they turn her short term memory loss into a serious disability that turns into tragedy). I'm just glad I didn't have 4-6 year old kids as I think this movie would be way too intense for that age group...my 8 & 10 year olds were old enough to not be scared by the emotionally intense scenes (though found them as uncomfortable as we did) and my 3 year old was young enough to really not understand much of what was going on, but still must've felt the intensity of pretty much the whole movie because she wanted to hold my hand and sit on my lap most of the movie (said she was scared). We were upset we wasted 2 hours and our money on this movie...don't waste yours! Wait til it comes out on tv to see it!