Feature Name: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Directed By: James Bobin
Cast: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria and Danny Trejo & Benicio del Toro (voice over)
Run Time: 102 minutes
Do you remember embarking on an adventure every Sunday morning with Dora and her talking monkey, backpack, map and friends? Well, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is based on Nickelodeon’s Dora and her adventures. Dora (Isabela Moner) has spent most of her life in the jungle, home-schooled by her professor parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña). When her parents embark on a search for a lost Incan city, she’s sent to California to reconnect with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) and attend a public high school for the first time. The over enthusiastic jungle girl is socially awkward in high school, falling prey to the meanness of her new peers.
Dora and Diego along with high-schoolers Sammy and Randy (Madeleine Madden & Nicholas Coombe) are kidnapped by mercenaries in pursuit of Dora’s parents and the hidden golden city. They are freed by Alejandro (Eugenio Derbez), another academic who provides accompanies the group into the jungle on their adventure. In the jungle they meet Dora’s pet monkey, Boots and evade Swiper the fox who is working with the mercenaries.
What happens in the jungle and then after is what makes up the rest of the film.
Isabela portrays the vulnerability of Dora earnestly. At times she will even make you feel her plight. The other high school student do their part well in showing the terror any high-schooler goes through. The other actors to do a decent job. The naïve-ness of Dora will put a smile on your face as well as make you facepalm.
But this film is not meant for teenagers or those over 20years. The film is for either the kids who are currently hooked to the animated version or for those who are all set to enter the world of ‘high school’. The patent of Dora asking viewers to repeat after her will make you cringe – and we aren’t the only guys who feel it. We all know Dora loves singing though the songs are in sync with her character it can get a little too much if you don’t like them.
We give this film 2.5 pots of honey for this nostalgic journey.