Honestly, I am not a fan of Dora The Explorer, but I do know the character well enough plus her unique antics. The only thing that really brought me to the advance screening is Isabela Moner, who soon will conquer the upcoming Blockbuster films in Hollywood.
Well, Dora and The Lost City of Gold is a tailor-made adaptation that really became faithful to the animated series. Isabela Moner simply became the teenager version of Dora and came up big in recreating all the signature styles and dialogues like the role was truly made for her.
Aside from Isabela, her supporting cast also did the trick in providing more energy to this adventurous flick. Eva Longoria and Michael Pena both did an awesome job as Dora's parents. They both sprinkled a bit of humor to the picture and made it more entertaining. Jeffrey Wahlberg was fine as Diego and who could even recognize that Swiper the fox was Benicio Del Toro and Boots was Danny Trejo.
As for the story, the film is harmlessly fun and pretty basic, especially if you are bringing your kids to the cinema. It is interesting at times and gave out a few laughs from start to finish. The strongest asset of the film is being true to source material and not being afraid to be too playful, which results in providing the necessary charm and gratifying effect.
Overall, Dora and The Lost City of Gold easily deliver a charming adaptation into a material that everyone could appreciate. Isabela Moner's energetic approach to the character makes it more entertaining even it already has a familiar setup.
Lakwastera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: Isabela Moner, Michael Pena, Jeffrey Wahlberg
Directed by: JamesBobin
Distributed by: UIP PH
Opens Tomorrow (August 14) in PH cinemas