Yesterday was Mama’s Day in our house. The Mama wanted to see Finding Dory so we all headed to the movies last night.
I have to tell you I love the theater we go to. The tickets are $5.50 (opening weekend and it was after noon. Tickets before that are $2.75!) For us to get a corn dog, a hot dog, nachos, 2 boxes of candy, 4 large sodas and a medium popcorn it was $17. Yes, you are reading that correctly $17! It was $49 total for tickets and snacks. If we went to the local regional chain theater it would have cost us $43 just for the tickets. I like that theater because it is closer and a much nicer theater but for the price difference I will drive the 20 minutes.
“Finding Nemo” was the first movie my daughter remembers seeing in the theater when she was 3. We were kind of excited to see this film as a family now.
I know there have been all kinds of warnings all over the internet about possible triggers in the movie for adopted people and those who have abandonment issues and I could see where this movie might bring those up. There were even a few moments where I as a parent teared up thinking about losing my child.
But, the bigger take away for me was at the very end of the film. Dory’s parents acknowledge that she does learn differently and it may taker her longer to learn things but to look back at all she has learned and accomplished. She is different, but then again aren’t we all? Whether you are a Destiny the Whaleshark with poor eyesight, Hank the Septapus (an octopus who lost a leg), or even Marlin the Clownfish filled with anxiety there are a wide array of characters each dealing with their own issues but helping each other along the way.
Photo from Screencrush.com.
I thought this was a perfect movie for my Autistic/ADHD son. He does learn differently and some things come very easily to him but others take years and years of practice (just like Dory) but things eventually will click for him. Maybe not perfectly, but we can see the progress. It gets frustrating at times for him and Dory that things other people just take for granted are tough for them. But, I love that I can now reference Dory when talking about how far he has come and just like Dory he just needs to, “Just keep swimming.”