Sorry, I'm sorry! It's been waaaay too long since I last posted. I've been studying abroad in Rwanda for the past few weeks, which is an amazing country not exactly known for its stellar wifi. I could barely keep my family in the loop on Facebook, never mind all the social media demanded by this blog and the blog itself.
But I'm back! And we saw Finding Dory on Friday, so to make up for the absence, here's a review on a movie that's...actually, the movie itself is funny/snarky enough that there's not really much I can add other than to rave about how awesome it is. So, yeah. Enjoy the raving.
Order Finding Dory here.
On the DZA Scale I give it a solid spectacular. (Same level as Star Wars: the Force Awakens, just a step below Game of Thrones, though only because nobody died.)
So everyone saw Finding Nemo, right? If you haven't, exit out of this blog (no, I'm serious, do it), turn on the TV or go to whatever streaming website you've sold your soul to (I have mine split between HBO Now and Hulu with a dash of Amazon), download and watch. Then go out to the theaters and watch Finding Dory. You will not regret the solid four hours of watching.
Okay, now that we're all caught up, let's talk about disabilities!
That's really what the Nemo series is about. Finding Nemo focuses on physical disabilities with Nemo (lucky fin) and Gill (shredded fin).
Finding Dory focuses on mental disabilities with Dory, Hank the octopus who's lost a tentacle and is terrified of losing another and so can't stand being touched (haphephobia), Becky the loon (I don't even know), Bailey with a head injury that interfered with his sonar, and Destiny the near-sighed whale shark, who can see about as well as I can without my glasses (that is to say, not at all).
And yeah, there's the whole thing about family and love and to keep going even when life turns to shit (just keep swimming, just keep swimming...), but that's in every Disney movie. And it's a rare thing where a movie/book/TV show talks about a marginalized group and taboo topic in an engaging manner to children without offending said group. And as a sequel that doesn't suck, too! Tri-fecta.
One of the biggest parts of Finding Dory is the role of people without disabilities in supporting/working with people with disabilities. Marlin learned how to support Nemo's physical disability in Finding Nemo, but still gets impatient and at times even cruel with Dory and her memory loss. There's a part near the beginning where he pushes Dory away and tells her to forget about them being chased by a giant squid that tried to kill them five minutes ago, since forgetting is "what you do best" (and then of course Dory ends up taken by humans and shoved into an aquarium).
Marlin's problem is that he's trying to work against Dory's mind, trying to force her to work in a way she simply doesn't work, going against her nature. (He even discourages her from attending school because he thinks she'd be a drag on the teacher, which, not cool, Marlin!)
Compare to Dory's parents, who work with Dory's mind and instill habits and behaviors into her long-term memory so she'll do them out of habit, such as following a trail of shells back to their house or to just keep swimming. (Did anyone else kinda cry when they saw all the shell-trails the parents had made while Dory was gone? I did.)
Basically the message is: Some people think/work/operate differently from you. Deal with it.
I can live with that. :)
Order Finding Dory here.
Thanks for reading! :)