James Bobin directs this film, and it stars Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, Michael Pena, Eugenio Derbez, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Trejo, Jeff Wahlberg, Madeleine Madden, and Nicholas Coombe.
This movie is the live adaptation of the famously Nickelodeon kids show Dora The Explorer. Dora was raised surrounded by the jungle, and when her parents decide to go to an exploration adventure, she must stay with her cousin, Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), who lives in the city. Dora then finds herself in an adventure of her own when she must find her parents get lost in the jungle.
What a fun film!!! A movie for the family to watch and particularly a film for Dora the Explorer fans to see. I love seeing a predominantly Latinx/Hispanic cast and for once in a great film. I would lie if I didn’t admit that I had a tear in my eye when I saw younger Dora and thought to myself that little girl looked exactly like me at that age. A younger me would have been happy and excited to see a little girl like myself on the big screen. I did love Dora trying to adapt to the city. I loved that this film knows what it is and plays around with it. I did laugh multiple times in this movie, and the jokes did land for me (both in English and Spanish). Derbez brings the comedic relief as well as some of the supporting cast. This film indeed stayed true to the roots of the television show. I also enjoyed the incorporation of the Inca civilization. I’ve always been fascinated with the Native American culture and their history from the Mesoamerican tribes (Mayas, Aztecs, Olmec) to the South American (Incas). This film has good messages for kids.
Isabela Moner is an actress to look out for in the future, and I loved her as Dora. She is charismatic, and her onscreen presence won me over. I was first introduced to her in Instant Family, and I enjoyed what she did in that film. I wasn’t aware she was multi-talented as she can also sing and dance. The supporting cast was great too (definitely an understatement). The actors and actress who played Dora’s friends were terrific, and this movie took the time to develop their characters so towards the end, you do have some attachment to them. I had a smile on my face throughout the entire film. I was happy to watch a movie that had some of the most important and influential Hispanic/Latinx actors and actresses in Hollywood. Eva Longoria broke down barriers by refusing to portray stereotypical Hispanic/Latinx characters on screen and taking more control by being a producer and even directing some television shows. Michael Pena is someone I can certainly relate to as he is born here, in the United States, from Mexican parents. Eugenio Derbez is an iconic Mexican comedian, who has created some of the most iconic comedic characters in Mexico. I grew up watching some of his television shows, and he has been someone that has continuously made me laugh throughout most of my life. Danny Trejo and Benicio del Toro have been in the industry for longer than I’ve been alive and their name alone is synonymous of a long and lustrous career. Overall a surprisingly great time in the theaters. Please see it! Vamonos al cine!!
I give this film an 8 out of 10