Dora is all grown up and headed for more adventure! This latina is going from cartoon to live action in Dora and The Lost City of Gold Movie. To say that I had big reservations about this project is an understatement. I was skeptical and worried at the same time. Turns out, that the movie goes above my expectations and rises up to a great entertainment for kids. Here is my Dora and The Lost City of Gold Movie Review
Dora and The Lost City of Gold Movie Review
While you know I had a lot of fun at the Dora Movie Red Carpet Event, I ma sure the most important question you must be asking yourself is: did I like the movie? Answer: Yes, I did. Honestly, I was expecting a bomb of a movie even with the talent the cast has like Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez and Michael Peña. I didn’t have the vision the filmmakers had. Thank Goodness 🙂
From Live-Action to Animation and Back
There are some well taken risks in the movie. Like, remember when Dora talks to the camera? “Can you say, delicioso, say it, delicioso” Yup, it happens in the movie as well, but it is done in a way that will bring a smile to your face. Another risk is including some animation in the movie. There is a particular scene that will definitively take you back to the TV show. All in all, a sweet nod to the original series. Diretor James Bobin has done it before (integrating live action and make beleive characters), so if you are a fan, you are going to appreciate the efforts here.
The Teenage Years
Isabela Moner is amazing as Dora. She is all inocence and ready to explore the urban jungle. She is awkward and definitively out of place with her positivism and friendly outlook. Is high school ready for Dora? She sets off the school’s metal detector thanks to the survival kit items in her trusty backpack. Dora questions a girl about which rainforest she is trying to save in her “save the rainforest” campaign and that doesn’t go well for the girl. And, for the “come as your favorite star” school dance, well, she dresses up as the sun. While most teens would want to simply die, Dora’s positve energy keeps flowing. It is a great deflector of bulllying!
The Jungle Adventure
Eugenio Derbez makes for a great bad guy for the movie. He allows Dora to lead the way as she is totally in her element in the jungle. Get ready for some Boots action as well as hallutinations courtesy of the spores of a plant. Once in the jungle kids will surely appreciate the adventure and the knowledge of Dora the savy explorer. Friendships blossom and optimism is the name of the game. Hopefully, it will encourage kids to want to learn more about pre-columbian civilizations. Oh and don’t be to harsh about your reaction to CGI.
10 and Under Need to Get Their Maps Ready!
Yes, I know I said Dora goes to high school, but I can’t see a teen enjoying this movie. Parents will have nostalgic smiles and some jokes will have you nodding in agreement. The kids though, will laugh, cheer and reach for the gold with this movie.
It is out in theaters everywhere August 9th.
Are you ready for Dora and the Lost City of Gold?