The Incredibles 2 (2018)

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Finding Dory

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And if this movie teaches us anything, it’s that Pixar knows how to make great spin-offs. Seriously! Toy Story 2, Monsters University; these are fantastic follow-ups/prequels to classic films. And now, the subject of today’s review, Finding Dory, can officially be added to that noble list of stellar spin-offs.

This is a fantastic movie! It’s beautifully animated, wonderfully acted, deeply heartfelt, and extremely well-written. The writing, especially, is something that I want to touch on. See, I don’t think people give Pixar enough credit for their writing, which is always superb. Nearly all their films–Inside Out, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Up, Toy Story--have been nominated for Best Original Screenplay. There’s a reason why their movies are always able to move us; they’re incredibly well-written. Pixar’s superb writing skills are especially evident in Finding Dory, where several new characters–including Dory’s parents, an Octopus named Hank, a Whale Shark named Destiny, a Beluga named Bailey, and two sea lions played by Idris Elba and Dominic West–get introduced, and you are still able to remember, and care about, all of them. That’s a true testament to good writing; when you are able to introduce no less than seven new, important characters, and yet, you are able to give them enough personality, and things to do, to the point where the audience cares about, and remembers, them all.

But enough about the writing. What, you’re probably asking, is this movie actually about? Well, Finding Dory picks up a year after the events of Finding Nemo. Dory, Nemo and Marlin are all living together happily. Marlin has gotten slightly less protective, actually letting his son go to school, and Dory even works as a teacher’s assistant. But something’s not right. Dory starts getting fragmentary memories of her parents, and her life before she met Marlin. She realizes that they’re still out there, and that she needs to find them. And thus, she, Marlin and Nemo set off on a great adventure, which takes them across the ocean and through some of the most fantastic landscapes and scenarios imaginable.

As I’ve already said, this is a fantastic film. It’s very exciting, very funny, and extremely fast-paced. The fast-paced nature of the film is something that I quite enjoyed, because, as much as I love Finding Nemo, it does drag in some places. Finding Dory, by contrast, never stops moving, and has some of the most spectacular action set-pieces ever put to celluloid. Another thing that I quite like about this movie is that, there really is no villain. There’s no wicked stepmother, evil dragon, or mad scientist that needs to be defeated by the end. The situation might be described as the antagonistic force, but that situation isn’t really anyone’s fault. A final thing that I want to praise this movie for is the fact that everything Dory does, or remembers, is justified. A common complaint regarding Finding Nemo was that Dory’s poor memory was inconsistent; that she was only able to remember things when it was convenient to the plot. Not with this film. Every time she remembers something, it’s because something she saw, or something someone said, triggered that memory. And I love that. Nothing is out of the blue here. Everything is within context, and logical.

So, all in all, Finding Dory is a great movie. It’s fast-paced, beautifully-animated, and very well-written. Does it have the lasting, emotional message of its predecessor? Maybe not. But it’s still a terrific film, and one that I think you should go see. It’s a 9 out of 10.

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Inside Out

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Imaginative, moving, and in many cases, very, very funny, Pixar’s latest feature, Inside Out, is a magnificent movie, well worth the price of a ticket. Regardless of whether you’re old or young, black or white, straight or gay, I guarantee that you’ll walk out of this film with a huge smile on your face. It’s that good, loved ones! It’s that good!

Now, I realize that that’s a pretty bold assertion to make, and that I might be the slightest bit biased in this matter. After all, I grew up on Pixar movies. Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monster’s Inc–these films were my childhood. Still, I’m more than a little convinced that my adoration of this picture has nothing to do with my own nostalgic love of the company that made it. The movie currently holds a 98% approval rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. It’s made more than $400 million at the box office. I saw it in a movie theater packed with people–most of them adults–who were laughing just as hard, if not harder, than myself. So, yeah, I think it’s safe to say that the movie’s objectively good.

But what is the movie about? Well, it’s essentially the story of what goes on inside a little girl’s head. Her brain is a massive city. Her emotions are people with differing personalities. Her memories are these little glowing orbs that form the foundations of all the buildings. And if they get lost, oh boy, bad things happen! And that, in essence, is what this story is about–the little girl, RIley, loses her core memories, and two of her emotions, Joy and Sadness, have to go retrieve them in a wacky, colorful, and downright beautiful adventure.

As I’ve said before, there’s a lot to admire about this film. The animation is amazing. The writing is brilliant. The humor is spot on. And the creativity with which the filmmakers crafted this world is nothing short of spectacular. I don’t want to waste anyone else’s time by being redundant, so I’ll just say this. Inside Out is a near-perfect movie that I’m sure you’ll all enjoy if you choose to go see it. It’s a 9 out of 10. Watch it, love it, and watch it again!

 

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