Written by: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse
Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
How good is this movie?
If you liked Finding Nemo you should enjoy this movie, which tells a similar story but with more focus on Dory. Personally, I could have done without one or two of the sillier moments, and I also question the optimism of the ending, which wraps everything up a little too neatly. But, as with the original, I appreciated the film’s sense of humour, lovely visuals, and fun lessons in marine biology.
How ace is this movie?
Being a children’s film, Finding Dory is naturally sex-lite, but it arguably goes further by actively dealing with ace-relevant themes. Marvin and Dory are now living together and raising a child, but the fact that they’re different species and sleep separately makes it clear that they’re friends, not lovers, and their relationship could easily be understood as a queerplatonic partnership. The film consistently reaffirms the value of non-sexual and non-romantic relationships. The over-all message, about accepting yourself for who you are, enjoying life even when it doesn’t go to plan, and how there’s more than one way to make a family, could be aimed at people outside the sexual norm, aces and aros included.
3 Stars; 4 Aces