Movies and More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” which is rated PG and available on DVD.
“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” is a very charming family movie based on the successful animated TV series “Dora the Explorer.”
Isabela Moner plays the very friendly and upbeat Dora as a teenager. She is reunited with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) after she travels to America to attend high school when her explorer parents (played by Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) go in search of a lost city rumored to be full of gold.
While Dora is at home in the jungle where she grew up with her parents, she is way out of her element in high school. She proceeds to be her adorable self, but others make fun of her, and Diego acts embarrassed to be around her. This familiar theme of people being punished for being themselves or acting a certain way to fit in with others shows up a lot in films and gives parents something to talk about with their children.
While on a field trip, Dora, Diego and classmates Sammy (Madeleine Madden) and Randy (Nicholas Coombe) are kidnapped and taken back to the jungle so Dora can lead the kidnappers to her parents and the lost city. Alejandro (Eugenio Derbez) helps Dora and the others escape, and they set out to follow the path that Dora’s parents have taken through the jungle.
“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” is an enjoyable film with humor and adventure. Moner is quite good as the title character. My biggest concern is that I think parents should talk with their children about some of the risks that young characters in the film take. These scenes could provide parents with the chance to talk about how dangerous some actions are in real life compared to movies and TV shows.
(Also, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!)