Directed By: James Bobin
Starring: Isabela Moner, Jeff Wahlberg, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, Eugenio Derebez, Madeleine Madden, Nicholas Coombe, Danny Trejo, Benicio del Toro, et.al.
Raised in remote jungles by her explorer parents, 16-year-old Dora is in over her head when they suddenly decide to send her to live with family in America so she can attend high school and learn to be a regular teenager. However, on a class field trip, Dora, her cousin Diego, and their classmates Sammy and Randy are all kidnapped by people looking for her parents and the fabled lost City of Gold they’ve spent most of Dora’s life looking for. With the help of an old colleague of her parents’, Dora sets out to find them, and the fabled city, before the bad guys can get what they’re after.
Having never seen the cartoon series this movie is based on, I can’t make any comparisons regarding the quality. From an outsider’s perspective, however, the movie is actually pretty good. The storyline works, and the younger actors all do well with the material, and manage to keep pace with their adult counterparts. The dialogue can get a little clunky and ham-handed, and at times Dora seems annoyingly naïve, but that’s more likely from an attempt to keep it on par with the source material. Despite that, it’s still an enjoyable movie.
The animations for Boots and Swiper are a little cartoony, but that could be on purpose. Aside from that, the special effects seem decent, and the background filler isn’t really noticeable.
This movie should appeal to most kids, as well as just about anyone who doesn’t mind an action/adventure geared towards a younger crowd. With a fairly simple story, it’s easy to follow, and there’s enough action and humor to keep it interesting. About the only things that might take adults out of the movie are the (occasionally) talking animals and a sequence animated to look like the cartoon show, which seemed slightly out of place in my opinion.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is not available free to stream at the moment, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
I’m always on the lookout for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!