Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: James Bobin
Starring: Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña
RATED: PG/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Paramount Pictures
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.
You might not believe me when I say this, but Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a pretty good and solid film. I know, I know, this is a guy who writes on a site called Zombies Don’t Run telling you that a live-action version of Dora the Explorer is a good movie, but that’s not only because it’s true, but because I’m shocked by it as much as you. This is a movie that doesn’t take its self too seriously. It plays up all the old school Dora stuff you are used to even if you’ve barely seen the cartoon and it makes it work in hilarious ways in this movie. I’m not saying its movie of the year, I’m not saying it will go on to spawn some sorta franchise for the long haul, but I’m saying if you want to see a good movie that will make you laugh, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a movie that will do just that for you.
One reason you can say this one works is in a really big part to lead actress Isabela Merced who plays Dora with a wide-eyed nature and makes you believe in the character even if the character is a bit over the top at times in a world that walks the line between normal and over the top. We have CGI animals that are funny. Heck, we have CGI animals that at times are speaking English and nobody seems too concerned about it, but that is what goes into the mix to make it work and make it enjoyable. So, no matter if you are a kid or not, if you want to watch a movie that never gets to serious but remains a pleasant movie watching experience, then, by all means, go watch Dora and the Lost City of Gold. You will probably be happy that you did.
– Bloopers – Take a trip to the wild side with hilarious bloopers of the cast’s funniest on-set mishaps.
– Deleted and Extended Scenes – Journey deeper into the jungle to find the “lost” scenes not shown in theaters.
– All About Dora – Discover how Isabela Moner transformed Dora into a jungle-savvy teenage adventurer for a new generation.
– Can You Say Pelicula? – Unlock the mystery of underwater stunts and surviving quicksand with Eugenio Derbez.
– Dora In Flower Vision – Explore the movie’s playful animated sequence, a treasure trove of nods to Dora’s cartoon origins.
– Dora’s Jungle House – The adventure continues with this behind-the-scenes tour of Dora’s jungle house, part museum, part laboratory, and always a place for family.
Quality of Transfer: 98%