The release of Dora and the Lost City Of Gold was at first considered to be low hanging fruit. I mean how could they possibly manage to construct an entertaining take on a children’s cartoon which is so over the top? Mistake… Can you say mistake? (sorry, but I had to). Well, instead of this movie being a catastrophic failure on so many levels, Dora and the Lost City Of Gold is a breezy and silly heartfelt romp which all of the family will enjoy.
What makes Dora and the Lost City of Gold such a delight was the understanding which Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson had of the original Dora cartoon. While the show is perfect for little children, for 99% of the world, it’s ludicrous. Instead of trying to make a super-serious version of the cartoon, they embraced Dora’s origins. They are in on the joke (as is the cast), and they do it such a way which doesn’t detract from the narrative.
Dora also was a perfect example of how minorities should be depicted on screen rather than relying on tired tropes. It certainly is a direction which more projects should be taking. Director James Bobin certainly had a keen understanding of the pacing this project needed. Kids attention spans are limited, and nothing about this film seems to drag. Isabela Moner, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, and Eugenio Deberz were solid in their respective roles. This ensemble delivers! Overall, Dora is the type of kids film you can go to and not worry about anything being a little too edgy or (especially if you are a parent) dying of boredom. It’s not often that a live-action version of a cartoon is this good, but Dora is the exception.