I’ll probably catch some flack for this but . . . I DIDNT LIKE THIS MOVIE!
There I said it and I don’t care. Even my wife, who considers herself a Disney Officianado said she would give it only 2 Stars. Before you say anything, this is NOT a movie review. This is my take on the subject of Mental Disorder … Short-Term Memory Loss … Dementia … Alzheimer’s … or whatever you want to call it.
The first movie, “Finding Nemo”, was a light-hearted comedy about a lost fish who was captured by a fish enthusiast to put into his aquarium. Dory enters the picture and helps the Dad find Nemo. Dory, played by Ellen Degeneres was hilarious, however, and I will have to watch it again, while Dory is forgetful, it is not described as a Mental Disorder … Short-Term Memory Loss … Dementia … Alzheimer’s or anything other than “forgetful.”
When talk started to swirl about a sequel being made, this time about Dory, the anticipation rose to an all-time high. Even my wife and I were excited about seeing it.
Once the movie started, Mental-Illness and Short-Term Memory Loss were being thrown around to describe Dory and I guess, at that point, instead of being one thing, it became another. I became disengaged.
Before going see the movie, I didn’t read any reviews. I figured it was going to be a continuation of the hilarity of Dory (Ellen Degeneres) but it wasn’t. Even Dory’s voice tone was less enthusiastic. There were funny moments but most came from the supporting cast. In my opinion, Dory was cast as someone with a Mental Illness and that became the premise of the movie.
I get they were trying to call attention to the subject of Mental Illness and the importance of support from family and friends, but I also know if they would’ve billed it as, “Finding Dory: Dealing with a Mental Illness,” it probably would not have been the box office draw that it was. With that said, I probably would not have gone to see it, or at least I would have waited until it came out on Blu-ray.
I also know there will be some people who will say, “Well, you feel that way because you have Alzheimer’s and you probably see yourself dealing with forgetfulness and short-term memory loss on a daily basis.” While that may be true, it’s not just because of me having Alzheimer’s. It’s about my Grandfather and Mother being taken from us due to Alzheimer’s, my Father taken from us from Vascular Dementia and the effect it had on my Wife when her Grandmother was taken from us due to Alzheimer’s.
So it’s not just about me having Alzheimer’s. It’s also about the wonderful people I have come to know, love and respect who have dealt with, and continue to deal with, Dementia-Related Illnesses every day. These are some of the bravest people I have come to know.
It’s also about disguising a movie about a Mental Illness under the Disney-Pixar banner just so people will go see the movie. My hope is that somewhere along the ocean floor, a lesson or two was learned by the public.
Better yet, wouldn’t it be great if Disney-Pixar would help support a world where people with dementia live free from stigma, where dementia symptoms are more widely understood, and where people living with and those who care about them are well supported?
Too much to ask? Hey, you don’t know unless you actually ASK, right!
That’s all I have for now!
Until next time . . .