Dora and The Lost City of Gold

I think I speak for the majority of the population when I ask “Who asked for a live action Dora the Explorer movie?” Dora and the Lost City of Gold brings a 16 year old Dora who leaves the jungle and must go to high school while her parents attempt to find the lost city of gold. While struggling to fit in, Dora along with her cousin Diego and friends are kidnapped and brought to the Jungle. They must work to find Dora’s parents, and stay one step ahead of the bad treasure hunters. What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers of Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

The Good
To your surprise, I actually have some good things to say about the live action Dora movie. First and foremost, it did make me laugh. They do a good job of play up the fact that Dora is socially awkward which makes for some funny run-ins when at a normal high school. There are also quite a few humorous moments and good jokes that kept the kids and the adults in the theater laughing. I especially liked that the beginning of the movie establishes that the Dora the Explorer show was just 6 year old Dora’s imagination. Then when she’s older we see that she still enjoys narrating her adventures in the jungle. “Can you say Neurotoxic Paralysis?”
The Bad
While there are some good jokes geared towards parents in the audience, this movie is defiantly geared towards children and tweens. First, the child actors in this movie, aside from Dora, are mediocre at best. Second, the story is predictable as you would expect from a kid’s movie. By far the worst element of this movie, a decision that should have never taken place, were the CGI characters Swiper and Boots. The CGI looks terrible, and no attempt was made to make either character look realistic. On top of that the fox can talk and everyone seems completely ok with this fox acting just like a person. In fact, the characters are more concerned with the fact that the fox wears a mask, and don’t bat an eye that he can speak. Boots is silent for the majority of the moive, and I could almost tolerate the super fake looking monkey in the moive, then they just have to give him a short monologue. What makes this even worse is that then this short, child-like monkey is then voiced by Danny Trejo. I’m sorry but I don’t think Boots should talk, let alone sound like the Killer Machete.
My Overall Opinion
I’ll make it simple: Dora and the Lost City of Gold was a good movie for what it was. I know many of you are probably shocked or shaking your head at that, so let me explain. This is not a great movie, nor is it a bad one. This film is exactly what you should expect from a live-action family movie about a teenage Dora the Explorer. I do not regret spending 1 hour and 40 minutes of my life watching this movie, but I will probably never watch it again. If you have kids or tweens that grew up watching Dora, they will LOVE seeing her “grown up” and having a new adventure. If you have kids you should defiantly watch this one. If you do not have kids it may be worth a rent one evening when you have nothing else pressing to watch.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with my points? Comment your thoughts below.


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