Guest reviewer Ahlia Eden-Calcott (age 13) writes…
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Dora the Explorer, Nickelodeon’s cartoon for preschoolers, and maybe you loved it, like I did, when you were younger, but now it seems silly. Now there’s a new live-action movie that brings Dora into an exciting adventure that older kids and even grown ups will love.
Dora (Isabela Moner) grows up with her parents in the jungle. When she is 16 her parents tell her they are going away on an exploring trip to the fabled Lost City of Gold, and that she is going to live with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) in the city. She has been homeschooled her whole life and at school the other teens think she’s weird and don’t like her. Even Diego starts to get embarrassed by Dora’s quirky behaviour. He just wants her to fit in and be “normal”. But on a school trip to the museum, Dora and a small group of teens–Diego, Randy (Nicholas Coombe) and Sammy (Madeleine Madden) get kidnapped. At the airport, they are saved by a friend of Dora’s parents Alejandro (Eugenio Derbez) and they escape into the jungle so they can get to the Lost City of Gold before the bad guys do. There are many perils along the way including cliffs, poisonous flowers that send them into a cartoon hallucination, and a creepy jungle lady.
As the dangerous trip continues, the group of diverse and unpopular teens–who at the beginning strongly disliked each other–gradually become really good friends and learn the value of just being yourself.
Is Dora and the Lost City of Gold a Good Movie for Kids?
When I was younger, I loved Dora and the new movie of teenage Dora did not disappoint. The movie incorporates all the elements of the Dora cartoons: her dancing, her little sayings like “Can you say…” and Boots the monkey, Backpack and Swiper all make appearances. It makes fun of the things that Dora says and does but in an awesome, clever way and, even though I’m 13, I found myself laughing all the way through.
I think that both younger and older kids would love this movie. It’s funny and has a good plot line. I give it five stars because of the great characters, good story, and because it was fun to revisit a childhood favourite.
Ahlia Eden-Calcott (age 13)