Fun film for feisty Dora lovers
By Priyanka Loonker
Change is difficult for all of us, it’s not easy to adapt to new situations and different environments. Having spent most of her life in the jungle, Dora too finds it difficult to adjust to a new High School life. Thankfully, there’s Diego for help. But as if change of place was not enough, the teenager also has to face changing attitudes of her parents, never mind her own change in hormones.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold follows the story of a 16-year-old Dora (Isabela Moner) and her jungle adventures with new friends. She wants to help her parents (Michael Peña and Eva Longoria) find the lost city of Parapata. But parents being parents, want her go to LA staysafe and study (eye roll).
However, when her parents are kidnapped by treasure hunters seeking Parapata, she jumps to rescue with her friends Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), Sammy (Madeleine Madden) and Randy (Nicholas Coombe). What follows is an adventure in the jungle loaded with a lot of friendly banter and self realisations. It’s a fine way to help understand children the importance of team work and coordination.
While Disney is diving into its animated classics library to adapt their beloved stories into live-action, Paramount Players and Nickelodeon Movies are tapping into the animated children’s TV shows. The new live-action movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold adapts the TV show’s premise to a point, mixing nostalgic elements of Dora’s world with a fresh adventure storyline that will appeal to audiences young and old. All four young actors – Moner, Wahlberg, Madden and Coombe – work well together as the core cast to give the movie some heart.
Is the live action Dora too wild for younger fans? It’s definitely more intense than the cartoon but still family-friendly. My Coup would recommend parental guidance for kids age 8+. That said the new Dora is still optimistic, intelligent and kind. Moner plays a great role model with positive messages of teamwork and cooperation to find her missing parents.