“Finding Dory” is already breaking records at the box office on its first day out. The Disney/Pixar film has taken in a massive $9.2 million in Thursday night showings in US showings, a record total for a Pixar movie.
Critics have praised the sequel to “Finding Nemo” and overall has garnered positive reviews with journalist saying it will be a fun adventure for the whole family. Though, in an interesting twist, The Onion’s movie critic Peter K. Rosenthal is looking at “Finding Dory” from a different perspective.
In his review, the journalist points out that the sequel is a “powerful indictment of how our societies failure to adequately care for the mentally disabled places an unbearable burden on the family and friends of those afflicted.” Talking about the plot, Rosenthal notes that those forced to look after a loved one who has a declining mental function, will get a sense of familiarity with the story.
While Dory is able to live her life, the burden of always looking after her goes to her closest friends, Marlin and Nemo.
“But, ‘Finding Dory’ is careful to make it clear that the disabled are still very much valued members of our society,” Rosenthal adds. “These are our family members or friends, people we care deeply about. Dory has much to offer the world. But at the same time, has more needs than the average fish.”
Watch his full review below:
“Finding Dory” is now in theaters.