DORA & THE LOST CITY OF GOLD

★★★★

Starring Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Benicio Del Toro, Madelyn Miranda, Eva Longoria, Joey Vieira, Pia Miller, Jeff Wahlberg
Directed by 
James Bobin
2019 / 102 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is one of the most unexpectedly entertaining family films of the year! I didn’t go into this thinking it would be this much fun. Based on the popular animated children’s show Dora The Explorer, I’m impressed with how they have turned it into a mix of hilarious slapstick comedy and adventure, that works!

Isabela Merced & Eugenio Derbez in DORA & THE LOST CITY OF GOLD from Paramount Pictures

In this live action version Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on a thrilling adventure to rescue her parents and along the way discovers the Lost City of Gold. The story is pretty typical of what you would expect from a family film like this. However, it’s refreshing to watch a family film and actually enjoy it, especially when it’s based on a character meant for 3 year olds. The humour and the characters really make this much more fun than you could have ever imagined. That is the best part of this movie, the surprise at how enjoyable it really is.

One of the best parts of the movie is that it never holds back making fun of itself. The filmmakers have realized that parents aren’t going to want to flock to see a film about a young girl explorer with a talking monkey and backpack. Why would anyone think this cartoon series needs a live action movie franchise. Well, they will be pleasantly surprised to learn that this is exactly the perfect film to watch with your family.

L-R, Eugenio Derbez, Nicholas Coombe, Jeffrey Wahlberg, Madeleine Madden and Isabela Moner star in Paramount Pictures’ “DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD.”

Parts of the film felt a little reminiscent of The Brady Bunch Movie where we make fun of the situations and characters while at the same time celebrating them. Dora the Explorer is a hugely popular children’s show that has managed to entertain children for nearly 20 years. Kudus to the team that brought this film together and for making it far better than anyone could have even imagined.

Grade B+

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