In this age of #metoo and cultural diversity, Dora is an inspiring role model that many young girls can relate to.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a great surprise! We had very little expectation of this adaptation of the popular children’s animated series of the 2000s and we must admit that we were charmed by this character of a disarming positivism that ignores social conventions, stubbornly upholds its own values and does not submit to the unjust laws of high school… and life. In this age of #metoo and cultural diversity, Dora is an inspiring role model that many young girls can relate to.
The cinephile – of all ages – quickly attaches itself to heroin. Adolescence is a difficult time for most human beings, but for a young woman raised in the savannah with her explorer parents, it’s a nightmare. But, rather than seeing it as an insurmountable ordeal, Dora decides to remain herself and to ignore the disparaging comments of her fellow man.This scene where she dances like a peacock dressed as a star at the prom of her school breaks our heart: poor owl, she really does not have the tools to survive this jungle of high school… But Dora eventually adapts, in her own way. Isabela Moner delivers a flawless performance, quite consistent with the jovial and intelligent child portrayed in Nickelodeon’s TV series. The other young actors are also quite competent, but none of them turns out to be exceptional like Moner.One could even say that Diego, played by Jeffrey Wahlberg, lacks charisma.
Although the treatment is a bit outdated, the quality of the visual uneven and sometimes simplistic texts, we like the way the studio chose to adapt Dora the Explorer: with humour and candour. We laugh heartily several times in this film, which does not take itself too seriously. One approaches the more childish aspects of the original work (the songs, the fact that Dora asks her young audience to repeat after her as well as the anthropomorphism) in a satirical way. Let’s say that the animated Dora, which has been the idol of so many children throughout the world, is never far away…
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is an inventive, joyful and funny family movie. We would have liked to see more use of 2019 technical resources (some special effects are lacking) and perhaps we could have tightened up some too long sequences, but overall, we can say that this adaptation is in line with his original proposal. Those who grew up with Dora will be happy to reconnect with the character, now a teenager, and those who didn’t know her, or almost didn’t know her, will discover a cheerful and determined little explorer who is nice to see evolve.