I finally got to see Finding Dory in the theater! I am excited. I really liked the movie Finding Nemo, I thought it was colorful and full of heart. Dory is my favorite character.
Finding Dory expects you to have already seen the first movie. They don't bother to re-introduce the characters, it just launches straight into Dory's quest to find her parents. Dory has short term memory loss, and after years of being away from her parents, starts to remember things about her past.
Her parents lived at the Marine Life Institute in California, which is a really long way from Australia. Dory, Marlin and Nemo all hitch a ride on the sea turtles on the EAC. There's no plot at all between the two places, all the action takes place in California. My husband thought the fact that the stupid sea lion was named Gerald was hilarious. That's his half-brother's name.
I've never been to the Marine Life Institute in California, but I have been to the Georgia Aquarium which looked almost exactly the same. So in terms of aquariums it did look realistic. They introduced a new character, a grumpy octopus named Hank who wishes to return to the ocean. He's mainly a way for Dory to travel across the land without having to swim everywhere.
A lot of the movie is really far-fetched. I mean, the first movie involved them rescuing a fish out of a dentist's office, so we can only go up from there. There's an octopus driving a truck; it's chaos. The movie is a lot crazier than the first one. I will give this film a 7/10.