In 2013, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predicted the film industry as we know it would “implode” if/when, in the near future, too many wildly expensive blockbuster movies flopped. And if ever there were a year for an implosion on that scale to occur it would be 2018, the year when there are nearly as many major studio tentpole releases as there are weeks in the year. Well, here’s the thing …
2018 will see the release over 40 massive, tentpole movies. There are nearly 20 releases that happen exactly a week apart. This means that Marvel’s Black Panther will have only a week to make most of its money before Pacific Rim 2 steals its audience, which will give the unnamed Marvel/Fox movie a week to make its money before Wreck-It Ralph 2 comes out, which will only have a week before The Flash and/or Tomb Raider comes out, because Warner Bros. is dumb and scheduled two of their own tentpole movies for the same day. And all of those movies will be released in February and March, the two months studios usually use as a landfill to dump the movies they think suck. The year isn’t just crowded; it’s a clusterfuck, and there are going to be big casualties. There are too many massive movies and not enough people to watch them.
Okay, but I love Dory’s parents. They don’t try to fix their daughter, but help her navigate her environment, making her as safe as possible, while still letting her enjoy her life. They told her she was enough, told her to stop apologizing, that there is more than one right way to do things. They have faith in their daughter, even if she’s different. I think lesser kid movies would play them of as more jokey, as more of an obstacle, but I’m really glad they didn’t.
This is a really important movie for parents, especially for the parents of neurodivergent kids, like damn Pixar