Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold is a weird film, on the one hand it’s a great translation from animated TV show to live-action big-screen film. But on the other hand, it’s a little hazy as too who it’s aimed at. I’m certainly not the target market despite having to endure Dora with my children. My older children who grew up with Dora are now in their 20’s and it’s not aimed at them, but it seems a little too adulty for my younger children who the animated series is aimed at.
Not having a clear audience in mind is a bit puzzling for a film.
It’s not that Dora is a totally bad film, I just can’t say it’s entertaining enough for adults or appropriate enough for young children. It does do some things great, like highlight just how quirky and different Dora is, and how society generally makes fun of people who are different, and whilst [SPOILER WARNING] things work out in the end, it doesn’t do it in a way that addresses any underlying problems with society.
Whilst the plot is predictable enough for a preschooler to see what’s coming, the only surprise is when we get a massive reference to the original animated series, but the way this is done is just totally weird and wrong – essentially our intrepid crew wander into a field of massive plants that, if touched all release some kind of LSD style narcotic spores that cause Dora and company to have an acid trip where they think they’ve become cartoon characters of themselves.
So yeah, not sure what to do with Dora.
Rating: PG Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.