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Dora and The Lost City of Gold Review: A Live Action that Worked

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I think I have an aversion for live-action films. And considering that the last live-action that I saw was The Lion King, I feel like my distaste for live actions’ is not misplaced. However, the new Nickelodeon’s Dora live-action film has me questioning everything that I believe about live actions. Last week Dora and The Lost City of Gold was released and I’m here to tell you if you want to go watch this movie or not.

Dora and The Lost City of Gold: Not Fantastic but Funny

If you were watching cartoons in the 2000s, you’re bound to know who Dora is. She’s that one little girl with a bowl haircut and a talking bag who told us to repeat things after her. You know, I as a child was scared of Dora. I never wanted to see any episodes of Dora because, to be honest, her lingering gaze just scared the 7-year-old in me. And now in 2019, I went to watch the live-action for the same cartoon girl who used to scare me. I can now say that I’ve conquered my fears. Was it worth conquering my fears? Yes, yes it was.

You see live actions are always going to lack in some ways. They’re always going to seem goofy no matter how good they’re made. But I’m going to have to give it Dora and The Lost City of Gold, it was better than many live actions. Why it was better? Because it got the essence of the story.

When you think of Dora, you think of a little girl going on an adventure and finding things. This is exactly what Dora and The Lost City of Gold is about. It captured the essence of Dora the cartoon and impeccably translated it to Dora the live-action.

Also when Dora speaks to the screen, I literally screamed. Seriously that’s going to spook you.

The Casting was Good

For live action’s it’s important that the perfect people are cast for the role. And I have to say Isabela Moner for Dora’s role was perfect. She looks like her and sounds like her. Not even for a second did I think that the casting for Dora was not a good choice. Isabela Moner becomes her character and honestly what more can you ask from an actor. Dora’s father, played by Micheal Pena is a scene-stealer.

Is it For You?

Don’t for a second think that because it’s a cartoon’s live-action film, it’s only for children. The scope for the film was obviously for a wider audience and honestly, as an adult, it’s still a good watch. Like if you have kids, take them to watch it. And even if you don’t, go watch it alone.


I’m giving Dora and The Lost City of Gold a 6.5 out of 10. Go watch the movie in the nearest theater if you’re bored. If not, wait for it to come on DVD. Also, I bet all of you, there’s going to be a sequel to this movie.

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