. . .finding dory made me cry (no spoiler alert)
i am almost 23 years old and finding dory made me cry and smile so hard within the first 10 minutes of the film. i can’t believe it’s been 13 years since i watched finding nemo. time flies! pixar is fantastic at making animated baby like characters that make us feel tender, warm, and squishy inside. i always want to just go through the screen and become animated myself. not only do they excel with designing all these cute fish, they take us on a deep dazzling adventure into our beautiful mysterious oceans. pixar also has an amazing peculiar way of making anyone tap in their emotions by showing us sentimental themes in familiar environments. themes such as love, family, friendship, and other micro themes that can speak to adults and fly over the heads of ten year olds.
throughout the film, i felt really startled for dory and the number of crazy situations she got herself into because of her mental health issue. we watch dory do what many people who suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety and short term memory loss, often do: sabotage their creative ways of thinking, apologize for being themselves when they just need more understanding, believe they are incompetent because they are different, and give up when they need to keep swimming.
my overall favorite theme of the film is, you can’t just keep planning and planning! life doesn’t always go as you imagine or as you plan. you can control a lot of what you do but there are a multitude of obstacles that will come to you out of your control. deal with the cards you’re dealt. sometimes you just need to jump and live in the moment and see what happens next. finding dory is a must see!