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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

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I’m not quite sure what to give Dora and the Lost City of Gold. I feel very comfortable giving this a six, but almost everyone I’ve talked to found it very funny and very quotable. So six and a half it is.

I do have to hand it to them, Lost City of Gold was pretty funny. Though I think a few of the jokes are almost funnier looking back. Watching the movie as a whole, it was as if the writers had thought up some great moments and then haphazardly stitched them all together.

The result was some characters seemed to changed personalities from scene to scene all for the sake of another gag. But… why am I complaining? This is a kid’s movie! Who cares?

Wait, wait, is it a kid’s movie? Since Dora and her friends are now teenagers, I was worried the movie might not be suitable for the biggest demographic who would go.

As I settled into the movie, I smile as I realise the humour and over-acting is a perfect match for a much younger audience. And there are even a few meta jokes to keep the adults lightly entertained too. 

A lot of these meta jokes are courtesy of Michael Peña and Eva Longoria who play Dora’s parents amazingly

But then there’s this weird emphasis on high school. Under fives might be looking forward to school, but the idea of high school would go way above their heads. I began to question again, who is this movie for, exactly?

By the end of the film I figured anyone above the age of eight would probably prefer to go to something else. Having said that, if you have massive Dora fans for spawn (or you are one, yourself), Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a very fun adventure! Weirdly, I don’t think I would mind seeing it again. 

I will say this, though: if your littlies are a bit sensitive to scary moments, there are a couple of tense scenes they might not be absolutely comfortable with.

One parent had to take their child out of the cinema at one point. Though, I’m not entirely sure if they were scared or just needed to pee. Or maybe both…? I dunno about you, but I don’t remember the TV show ever being tense. Who is this movie for, again?

As I left the cinema, it finally hit me. Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a film for the Dora fan. One who is keen to learn Spanish words and complicated medical terms, all while being inspired by their favourite jungle explorer!

If you don’t know anything about the show, then (to be honest) your kid probably doesn’t watch it. I’d gather that both parent and child will probably have a better time going to another movie.

But if you’re up for a laugh, where the laugh is the fact that you’re going to see Dora the Explorer on the big screen, then there’s a high chance you’re going to have a good laugh. No matter what age group you’re a part of.

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