We enjoyed this gem of a movie a few days ago and I am in love. It wasn't the story line, although it was cute. It wasn't the music (there really wasn't any) or cinematography. It was the message. Finding Dory is all about celebrating differences and loving people for who they are. Like I tell my kids all of the time, everyone has different strengths, and the movie focuses on Dory's.
I also really, really loved the way Dory's parents were portrayed. They recognized that their daughter had some challenges (short term memory loss) and gave her skills and strategies to cope. They didn't get angry with her; they weren't in denial; they didn't try to "fix" her. They simply figured out ways to help her be independent.
But they also quietly worried about her, which I thought was significant. You see, as special needs parents, we teach, we encourage, we cheer, we celebrate...but we also quietly worry about our kids' futures. And no matter how many skills we give our children to foster independence, it's still scary to turn them out into the world.
In the end, no one ever lost hope and Dory is celebrated for who she is. This movie is beautiful, and I really hope that it gets the recognition it deserves!
If you've seen it, what do you think?
If you haven't seen it yet: stay until the very end. Pixar loves to put little surprises at the end of its movies! :)