Dora & the Lost City of Gold is a live-action interpretation of Nickelodeon’s children’s TV Show. We join our star as Dora (Isabela Merced) leaves her jungle home to go to live in Los Angeles and live with her cousin, Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) as they join high school. Together with two unlikely friends, Sammy (Madeleine Madden) and Randy, (Nicholas Coombe) they find themselves in the jungle of Peru to rescue Dora’s mother (Eva Longoria) and father (Michael Peña) who have stumbled across the Lost City of Gold.
In my opinion, the film is several years to late coming to screen. The audience that did watch the TV series when it was on Nickelodeon are now in their late teens early 20s and will likely not go to see the film. I might be wrong; some younger viewers may choose to see the film.
The film itself is definitely full of adventure and mystery, wonder, and danger so they do have some good concept here as they tackle the coming of age theme as well.
However, I do think that they tried to take on too much and incorporate a multitude of themes that do not work well together.
The creators of the film tried to bring the films to the real world and made it an adventure film, but then lost their way when they included animated scenes that fans would recognise from the television series and made parts childish and cringy.
I would watch the film every now and then for nostalgia’s sake but otherwise, it’s not worth it.