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Suicide Squad is a storytelling feast for DC Comics fans.

Suicide Squad is a storytelling feast for DC Comics fans.

To begin with, there has been a great deal of criticism and outright dismissal of this film–whether it be because of biased film critics or just overall cynicism when it comes to superhero films, who can say? (Watch Suicide Squad Streaming)

That being said, DC is clearly following a formula that in all honesty I feel more filmmakers, as well as video game developers and everything in between would follow–appeal to your hardcore audience. Suicide Squad’s beginning is fast paced, which for a more casual viewer of DC’s cinematic ventures will definitely warrant a lower score than a fan that has been dutifully following the comics. For me, the speed of the beginning could have been my one valid point of criticism, but again DC’s mindset for these films seems to focus more on those of us already acquainted with at least half of these characters–and for those of us not, Wikipedia is god.

That being said, the most positive qualities I could give this movie are it’s fairly unique spins on otherwise classic characters, and the attention it paid to each one to illustrate their backstories in such a way that a flashback doesn’t grind the movie down to a halt. (Suicide Squad Online)

To give a specific example of a small detail giving ridiculous amounts of character insight and backstory is a moment where Katana is seemingly having a conversation with her sword through a fit of tears. Knowing a bit about Katana’s backstory, particularly that the soul of her husband is trapped within the blade itself, reveals a chink in this character’s emotional armor and establishes her as something more than just the “badass bodyguard” of Rick Flag. And don’t worry, this backstory IS covered lightly in the film–it’s just a sincere treat for those of us who know exactly who Katana is.

Go see this film. Throw your money behind projects that smell of love for source material and the fresh blood of re-imaginings. And if you are new to DC comics, bring a friend who is familiar with these characters and is kind enough to whisper trivia in your ear throughout the film. Suicide Squad Online Movie

Lights Out Review: Immensely terrifying filled with amazing acting

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Lights Out is a brilliantly executed and very scary horror film from first-time director David F. Sandberg, who crafted one of the most pitch-perfect horror films I’ve seen in years with smart characters, genuine tension, and eerily creative scares! The movie is adapted from Sandberg’s own short film of the same name that debuted on YouTube in 2013 to much acclaim, and it’s clear that he has a bright future ahead of him in the horror genre!

The movie’s plot revolves around a monstrous spirit whose strength lies in the darkness, that begins terrorizing a family due to its connection to the mother’s past and the only haven these characters have is from using light sources to keep it at bay. The film stars Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, and Gabriel Bateman as the titular family with Palmer’s character being estranged from her mother due to her unfortunate mental illness, and the acting from these performers is outstanding; the young boy impressed me most! The emotional weight of this film stems from Bello’s sad and layered performance and her attempts to save her family from herself brought an unexpected sense of tragedy to the proceedings. There is also a boyfriend character, played by Alexander DiPersia, who completely stole the movie with his comedic relief and genuine likability and this character is further proof that this film avoided as many horror cliches as it could! The boyfriend is not a throwaway character, the characters use intelligence to stay alive, there’s no BSing around and the haunting begins IMMEDIATELY, and there are no false scares!

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These filmmakers really thought outside of the box in how to use light sources in creating scares and this is used to perfect effect during a scene where a policeman is trying to shoot the entity and with each muzzle flash, the ghost briefly disappears! Similar to The Babadook, this film can be interpreted two ways with the personification of the mother’s illness being represented by this demon, which shows that these filmmakers respect their audience’s intelligence and give them more to think about then just mindless scares! I was blown away by this film as the trailer made it look like a generic haunting movie and I couldn’t have been happier with the result and look forward to Sandberg’s next project!

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Jason Bourne non-stop action with outstanding motorcycle and car chase scenes

Jason Bourne

From an action stand point this movie delivers with flying colours. This movie has some of the best action I’ve seen in quite some time. Not only was every sequence thrilling, exiting, well shot and well-choreographed but it also brought a sense of fear particularly in the hand to hand combat scenes (I’m not goanna lye one scene actually made my heart stop). The car chases are crazy but fun at the same time and a lot of the time I kept wondering to myself how the heck they managed to film this. And yes the action is the crazy kind of fun it also had a great deal of realism that made it feel more realistic which is clearly shown in the hand to hand combat scenes. Not to mention a lot of this was done practically along with some jaw dropping stunts here and there which in my opinion is I’m glad because when it comes to action films I’m usually not a big fan of CGI particularly when its used where it isn’t needed and thankfully it seems that Director Paul Greengrass recognises this.

Admittedly I was a bit nervous on how they would handle Jason Bourne himself in this movie because in Ultimatum (spoiler alert) he sort of remembered everything but they managed to pull it off once again. Matt Damon as predicted gives a brilliant performance as Jason Bourne once again and it was genuinely pleasing to Matt Damon in the roll once again after 9 years. I also really liked Tommy Lee Jones as the big CIA baddy; he gave a terrific performance as the character and made a pretty good villain. Vincent Cassel was also great in the movie and it was actually pretty cool to have Jason Bourne go up against someone who actually has a proper motivation for going after him and it was actually kind of an unexpected but welcome surprise and Rhiz Ahmid did OK with what he had but he didn’t blow me away and his character unfortunately wasn’t that interesting. Unfortunately Alicia Vikander gave the worst performance in this movie now I don’t think she’s a bad actress but her performances in this movie came off as really robotic there were a lot of shots where she just looked dead bored. However there were a couple of scenes where she did actually try which she gets points for but overall it wasn’t a good performance. (Watch Jason Bourne Movie Online)

I actually dig the story of this movie quite a lot and there were some key elements of the story that I also liked. And I also really liked the revenge part of the story it works really well alongside some really unexpected events and twists that I really didn’t see coming and I’ll even say that this movie works really well as a revenge story. However the side plot of this movie is unfortunately the weakest part of this story and it is brought up quite a lot. It’s basically involves this social network that people are worried about because of privacy and in all honesty whenever it came up I felt like I wasn’t watching a Bourne film instead I felt like I watching the recreation of Facebook. Thankfully though it’s not focussed on a lot in the film since it is primarily about Jason Bourne himself and that to me is what I wanted to see and not Rhiz Ahmid arguing with Tommy Lee Jones about privacy settings on a social media.

As a whole though this is still a really good movie I had tones of fun watching this movie and yes it has its flaws but overall it’s a really enjoyable experience and it was great to see Matt Damon return to what is probably his most popular roll. This movie did not disappoint me and it is overall a good movie. Definitely getting it on DVD when it comes out and I hold high hopes for a sequel which I’m pretty shaw there going to make. (Watch Jason Bourne Streaming Full Movie Online)

Review: Star Trek Beyond, Fun action filled adventure

Review: Star Trek Beyond, Fun action filled adventure

Star Trek Beyond plays like an episodic story from the Star Trek series. It plays in a very great exciting way, that even Simon Pegg and Doug Jung script feels like it is trying to recreate an episode from the series into a prolonged movie version. The plot is basic at its core level, some character themes, a straightforward villain, and plenty of visuals and action throughout. Star Trek Beyond is an awesome third entry in the rebooted series. Even the returning cast, still brings a lot of fun with their characters and all have there fair share of screen time. ( Star Trek Beyond Streaming Full Movie )

The plot follows the Enterprise crew led by Kirk (Chris Pine) on a five-year mission into deep space. They run into a space station, where they encounter a distress signal of a crashed ship into some distant planet. They take on the rescue mission, only to get attacked by Krall (Idris Elba). With the Enterprise crashed into the planet, Kirk and a few others will have to battle there way through to rescue his crew and stop Krall and his personal agenda.

Justin Lin direction does punch a lot of action sequences throughout and a few minutes in between for the characters to catch up about their next plan. Sadly, I do miss J.J. Abrams flashy lens flare technique in the previous two movies. Which is completely absent in this one. Lin does not disappoint, when it comes to characters, action, and even visual effects. Plus, the humor that is thrown in there with these characters, which makes it quite fun. This time around, the film’s setting does take majority of its place on a planet, with the enterprise crew trying to figure out a way to escape from Krall. The climax taking place on a massive planet space station, and some crazy impressive visual effects on the city landscape which can be dizzying to see but very amazing. Seeing a spacecraft chase sequences with some twisting cinematography creates some exciting sequences. ( Watch Star Trek Beyond Movie Streaming Online )

Sofia Boutella playing Jaylah, an alien who also crashed landed on the planet, is also a fun addition. Will have to throwback about Anton Yelchin being his last final performance. Anton Yelchin is such a great actor and did great in a lot of his movies from Fright Night, Terminator Salvation, and playing Chekov in Star Trek was a fun awesome role for him. He will be missed.

Star Trek Beyond is a fun awesome third film with a lot of loud big action sequences, an episodic exciting plot, a great cast ensemble, and the visual effects were stunning. ( Watch Star Trek Beyond Movie Online )

Review: Ice Age: Collision Course, funny and entertaining Movie

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

Roughly thirteen years on since the first Ice Age was released and the gang are still going strong. Manny, Sid and Diego, this one being the fifth in the feature length series and the longest, by only a few minutes. Supposedly the final in the franchise we see an expected happy ending instead of total extinction.

It’s the full film extension of Blue Sky Studio’s short, Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe which was released last year, obviously starring Ice Age favourite Scrat, who intergalactically haphazardly arranges the planets in imaginative fashion whilst inadvertently thrusting an asteroid towards the Earth threatening all of it’s existence, of course, all because of that elusive nut.

Simon Pegg’s Buck returns for more of a main role, leading the team to save the planet and is highly entertaining, more so than the rest of the pack. The story sidetracks a little more with Manny than Sid and Diego and there’s quite a lot that goes on with an assortment of fresh characters including dino-birds and a spiritual spitting llama.

There’s an underlining message about excepting change and moving on, letting go and growing up which makes way for the subplot of Julian and Francine’s relationship. It’s seems family and marriage plays an important part of the story but not to the level to become boring of bogged down by it.

John Debney composes the score this time round taking over from John Powell who has done quite a lot of animated features, like Rio, Happy Feet, Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon. Nothing really stood out from the score but the soundtrack, using Trevor Rabin’s Armageddon theme tune was cheeky and Buck sings a clever twist of what I’m sure is Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. ( Watch Collision Course Movie Online )

The animation is far superior than when you look back at the first Ice Age in 2002. It’s come a long way since then and while I was watching Scrat move planets I was thinking this might be worth the extra to see in 3D. Incredible detail and the action flows superbly, especially Buck’s scenes.

It’s fast paced I believe in hope to not lose the attention of the kids, it has a surefire script where characters literally bounce off one another creating enough comedy for everyone though it lacks the out loud laughter and some Sid silliness falls flat.

It’s above average, light entertainment for the whole family that is, for some part, visual stunning and fans of the series should enjoy it, but I doubt it’ll be a film to end up on my shelf.

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Review: Ghostbusters (2016), A funny entertaining remake

Review: Ghostbusters (2016), A funny entertaining remake
The film focuses on Erin Gilbert, a scientist who is up for tenure. After realizing that a book on the paranormal, that she co-wrote with Abby Yates, has resurfaced, she reluctantly agrees to aid Yates and eccentric engineer Jillian Holtzmann in investigating a paranormal event at a mansion, so that the book can disappear. While they find a ghost, they are fired from their respective positions and choose instead to open their own business on investigating ghostly occurrences, hiring a hunky, dimwitted secretary. After MTA worker Patty Tolan encounters a sighting in the subway, she joins the team and after the four manage to capture a ghost at a rock concert, they gain fame, while also trying to contend with a dangerous ghostly threat and trouble from the mayor’s office.

Paul Feig, who directed and co-wrote the film with Katie Dippold, does a fine job at honoring the 1984 original, which had been directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, even if he does fail in spots. The film is not a direct recreation of the original, but instead has a different approach in spots, even if there are similarities. The film starts off with an amazing scene at a mansion, whereas in the original it was at the New York Public Library. While in the original, Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis worked at Columbia University, only Wiig works at Columbia in this film. Jones and Hudson both join the team off the street, though in different ways. Both films have the team becoming well-known and famous at a larger location: a hotel in the original and a rock concert in this film. Both films also have different major threats as well, while also having to deal with the mayor. Still, this film has a great approach to its originality, while also poking fun in spots at the hatred that came from male fans of the 1984 film. While this film takes place in New York City, most scenes were shot in Boston, though it manages to appear as New York City. (Watch Ghostbusters Streaming Online)

Feig and Dippol craft an interesting film, that feels like a homage toward the original. This film is Feig’s first PG-13 rated comedy since Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, all three of which were rated R. While Feig probably had difficult making a PG-13 rated comedy since he must have had so much use to making an R rated comedy, he still pulls off a good PG-13 rated film. Robert Yeoman’s cinematography is snazzy in spots, while also wonderfully supporting the main plot, blending horror with comedy in other spots. The final fight between the Ghostbusters and ghosts is photographed and shot brilliantly, not only supporting that chaotic feel, but also blending the feel of a comic book battle with horror and comedy. Theodore Shapiro’s score also wonderfully supports the film, feeling jazzy in spots and really subtle. The decision of bringing in Ray Parker Jr.’s original theme song from the 1984 film is genius in many ways. The special effects, chiefly the ghosts, are well-handled. The ghosts are spectacular, while the filmmakers choosing the smart move of introducing new and original ghosts: a female ghost in a mansion who pukes up green slime; an electrocuting ghost; a dragon-like ghost at a rock concert; balloons; pilgrims and a flashing ghost. The cameos of Slimer and Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man are really brilliant, as well as the ghost that the villain takes the form of. While some may complain that the film relies on too much CGI for the ghosts, it doesn’t feel over the top and has a very unique feel to it, while still emitting the old-fashioned tone that was present in the ghosts in the 1984 film. For me, it never ruined the film.

Still, there are few problems that resulted in my mixed response, a few of which I have already mentioned: Jones’s stereotype character and the underdeveloped villain. The main problem is that the film follows wild comedy, unlike the original which was more subtle. While Bridesmaids had wild comedy, for example the bridal shop scene, it supported the film, while I feel a subtle approach should have been brought to this film, like with the original. If the film had been on the subtle side, it probably would have been more interesting and lots more fun. Some of the comedy at times seems to be overdone and go on for too long as well, almost reaching the point of sitcom in a few spots. While the film does start off great, it sags for a while, but around the middle it moves along, with a rip-roaring finale between the Ghostbusters and the ghosts. (Ghostbusters Full Movie Online)

The end result is a good film, but not a great one. While it pays tribute to the original in a good way, there are still issues, though its a film that you will enjoy seeing, which won’t waste your time and is still worth the price of ticket or even a late night Netflix viewing. If a sequel is made, which no doubt there will be one, maybe it will be done a little bit better and with more heart, though thats not to say this film didn’t have heart, it just felt a little empty in spots, while the sequel will follow a subtler feel. The end result, though, is enjoyable and I should also say that no-one should pay any attention to the naysayers or fanboys, the ladies do rule this film. Even seeing the film being dedicated to Harold Ramis is respectful and made me pleased. I’m sure that Ramis would have approached of this film.

Still around during the end credits and for an interesting scene after the credits that makes mention to an important character from the original film, though I will not spoil it for you. (Ghostbusters Streaming Online)

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ is fun for the whole family

The Secret Life of Pets, while it isn’t on a Pixar level of goodness, is highly entertaining from start to finish.

The film starts out with one of our main characters, Max, (who is near perfectly voiced by Louis C.K.) living his life freely and happily with his owner, Katie. After some time passes, Katie decides to get another dog for Max to play with while she leaves throughout the day. Max, having trouble adapting to his new life which is being intruded by another dog, decides that the only liable thing to do is get rid of this new dog, Duke — even if that means trashing the entire apartment. (Watch The Secret Life of Pets Movie Online)

Somewhere along the line, Max and Duke get lost in the local park, and so our journey begins.

Along the tiring journey home, Max and Duke meet a group of animals who’ve been abandoned by their owners, and their only purpose, so they think, is that they need to kill all humans. The group eventually ties into the predictable ending that is only thirty minutes away from their introduction.

While the film’s jokes and gags seem to work for the most part, a lot of the film relies on that cartoony humor (pie in the face, fat cat falling, animals flying into windows), and it just gets tiring to watch after awhile. The film often drags in its funniest moments, often overplaying their jokes so much to the point to where they are not funny anymore. (The Secret Life of Pets Streaming)

One of the highlights of the film is when Max’s group of friends goes out and looks for him and winds up meeting an old hound named Pops (voiced by Dana Carvey) that seemingly knows everybody in New York. Pops, and Carvey’s ability as a voice actor, help keep the film flowing at a nice pace and helps prevent it from becoming an all out children’s film.

The Secret Life of Pets is a fun family film that your kids will love, but in the end, the older crowd will be disappointed by if they were looking for any real emotion. (The Secret Life of Pets Full Movie Online)

The Legend of Tarzan Review: A great modern update of a classic Tarzan

Every summer, there’s usually at least one movie that comes along and pleasantly surprises. This year, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN is that movie. I walked in with basically no expectations (certainly no high ones), and walked out rather charmed by the winning chemistry of its stars, some striking photography, and a delightfully old fashioned sense of adventure. The Legend of Tarzan Movie Streaming

Taking place in the late 1880s, the film finds Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) now civilized, having claimed his birthright as John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, and firmly ensconced both as a member of British aristocracy and worldwide celebrity. While his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), longs for a return to Africa, he does all he can to move on from his time there. That changes when George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson), an envoy from the United States, asks for Tarzan’s help in foiling what is potentially a burgeoning slave trade in the Congo, one being orchestrated by the nefarious Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) on behalf of the king of Belgium.

That basic setup is the hook which allows various exciting hijinks to take place, and what hijinks they are. If you were to make a list of things one might want to see in an Africa-set adventure tale, likely most everything on that list can be found in THE LEGEND OF TARZAN. Stampedes through grassy plains! Fisticuffs in dense jungles! Fisticuffs aboard moving trains! Diamonds! Hippo attacks! Deaths by crocodile! A villain in white with a murderous gimmick! Vine swinging! It’s all here, and none of it is presented in a campy or overtly silly way. It’s pretty great stuff, and the movie takes it seriously enough that real stakes are generated. The whole movie has a kind of throwback vibe to it, not just because it throws in anything you’d ever want from this kind of flick, but because it is earnest. There’s no winking at the audience. Director David Yates (of the last several HARRY POTTER installments) creates a sense of genuine fun while fully embracing the classic, “boys adventure story” spirit of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan tales (even as some of the more problematic ideas and elements have been sensibly updated for modern audiences).

From a filmmaking perspective, Yates does a very fine job, in conjunction with his cinematographer – this is one of the best looking movies of the summer, with sweeping vistas and locales that are richly captured – and production designer. The principal actors each do terrific work with what they’re given. Skarsgård plays Tarzan with a degree of sensitivity that was unexpected, and though he’s certainly extremely credible in portraying the character’s physicality, it’s the contemplative side of his interpretation that sets this Tarzan apart. The chemistry he shares with Robbie is palpable, and generates real heat, to the extent that you fully buy their relationship. Waltz brings a couple new wrinkles to his villainous bag of tricks (Rom’s a character under a great amount of pressure to deliver results for his superiors), but let’s be honest – as entertaining as he is in it (and he is), he could play this part in his sleep. The real highlight of the movie, though, is Jackson, whose contributions really underline the pulpy, adventure-serial flavor the story has. He and Skarsgård are paired together for much of the movie, and they make for a great (and contrast-y) double act. The Legend of Tarzan Full Movie Online

Narratively, the movie is not perfect; there’s a subplot involving a revenge plot against Tarzan that doesn’t pay off like it should, for example, even though we spend a decent amount of time on it. Also, the script never truly gives Margot Robbie’s Jane much of a function beyond motivating Tarzan’s character, even as Robbie herself injects a huge amount spunky (by 1880s standards) personality into the role. Some of Jane’s placement in the story is necessary to move the plot forward, so to a degree it’s forgivable, but one gets the sense the movie would have been even stronger had the writers found a way to get her more directly involved in the action.

The more I think about it, the more I like THE LEGEND OF TARZAN. I’m kind of disappointed by the lukewarm reception to it, critically, as I really don’t think it would be possible – in 2016 – to make a more adventurous or more visually-appealing incarnation of the Tarzan character on film. It has action that’s fun, appealing performances from all concerned, and enough old fashioned “gee whiz” vitality to win over almost any curmudgeon in the audience. That’s what it feels like to me, at least. While acknowledging that it doesn’t reinvent the wheel so much as polish up a really old wheel to spiffy effect, I had a great time with THE LEGEND OF TARZAN Movie.

Central Intelligence Reviews: Fun movie with some good laughs

Central Intelligence is for all intents and purposes a good movie. Kevin Hart’s character is likeable, his dialogue is funny, the movie is rife with one-liners and chuckles. The plot is fun, there are plenty of twists, and the movie feels like a real buddy-cop adventure. It keeps you on your toes because you never know who is the real good guys or the real bad guys.

There were themes in the movie that were really powerful emotionally. The entire ending scene nearly put me to tears (I’m a movie crier so it might not have the same effect on you). In a nutshell, behind all the CIA conspiracies and flying bullets, Central Intelligence is the story of a kid who was bullied so traumatically that it permanently affected his psyche, making him unable to trust people, and put distance between himself and everyone around him. It’s the story about how this kid (Dwayne Johnson) attempted to turn his life around. He got in shape, insane shape, learned how to physically defend himself, and ended up joining the CIA. But what he never managed to change or fix, was his damaged personality. He never had any friends his whole life. In the film he reunites with the one person who ever showed him kindness back in high school (Kevin Hart) and they form a friendship in the midst of a crazy CIA conspiracy. Watch Central Intelligence

Now this sounds like a great movie, right? So why am I confused, and why did I not enjoy it?

Here is the unusual part. You would naturally expect that a movie with such strong emotional themes, clever plot twists and funny one-liners would have good character writing. And It did, and it didn’t. You see, I mentioned before that Kevin Hart’s character was funny and likeable. But what about Dwayne Johnson’s character, the emotionally wounded CIA agent? (Central Intelligence Streaming Movie)

To put this next part into perspective, let me first say that I have enjoyed pretty much every character Johnson has ever portrayed. He’s one of my favorite actors not only because he frequently stars in high-octane action films, but every movie he’s in, is at the very least pretty good. But in this movie, Johnson plays the MOST annoying, MOST unrelatable, most UNCOOL, unlikable character I’ve ever seen in a movie. I could not STAND Him. From the way he dresses, as if Kimmy Schmidt came out of the bunker and it was still the 90s, to the way he talks, like a jackass bro from tinder who is the embodyment of everything wrong with the world, to the infuriating consistency within which he is a total annoying pain in the ass. There is no other way to describe him. If I met this character in real life, I would turn and walk far far away, then make fun of him for the next 24 hours. I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. EVERY OTHER aspect of this movie was great. So how could his character be THIS irritating? You’ll have to watch it and see what I mean for yourself. I can’t in good faith recommend you go to the theaters to see this because his character just drags the film down that much. And yet even with this horrible character, I still managed to find plenty of good things to say about this movie. It was so weird seeing Johnson play a character I not only didn’t like, but couldn’t stand. And weirder further was that every line he spoke was delivered in his normal voice. He didn’t speak with any irritating accent or dialect. It was straight up super-likeable Dwayne Johnson … playing a horrific character, as he would play a good one. *sigh* Weird, weird movie. Watch Central Intelligence Movie

Finding Dory Reviews: Great story line, and a great adventure.

With this and Inside Out Pixar has established that they indeed can make movies capable of touching an audience with an emotional tale. I never spotted this in previous Pixar films, but now I just have a feeling that somehow Pixar films don’t just entertain. These past two Pixar films can just outright f**k with your emotions.

Finding Dory centers around Dory (duh) in the pursuit of finding her long lost parents. She must do this despite the many obstacles which are both within her (short term memory loss), and of the outside world. Where Finding Nemo had a lot more focus on just the obstacles in the way of Marlon, Finding Dory digs more into the psyche of our protagonist. And it’s gut-wrenching. (Watch Finding Dory Movie Online)

Dory throughout has to deal with her intellectual shortcomings. Throughout, there are all sorts of doubts, fears, and general anxieties that fill Dory’s mind. At the same time she accomplishes so much and gains more confidence.

The people that she meets along the way do an excellent job. An emotional heft is instilled in them as well. And that is because of an amazing voice cast. These characters are incredibly fleshed out. There’s such a sincere tone in the more heartbreaking moments, and I have tears stream down my face from that alone. (Finding Dory Streaming)

Going back to Dory, we are shown a character study. It’s a character that has faced so much adversity, who is often left in the dark, and therefore has a lot more to deal with. And with every little moment of victory and every goal accomplished, a renewed sense of vigor emerges. As the story progresses Dory learns that despite disabilities, she can accomplish whatever she sets her mind on. Those tiny moments of accomplishment, the times she sets her mind and overcomes, those are times where this movie strengthens its emotional grip. Ultimately leaving me in tears of joy. It’s a simple lesson that can be expanded on so well.

Finding Dory is my movie of the summer so far (it’s also better than The Shallows).

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