You might call me loco, you might think I’m being biased, but I genuinely do believe that “Dora And The Lost City Of Gold” is far better than it has any right to be. The fact they were making a movie off of it added a lot of factors in which it could go tremendously wrong but luckily, we had a director in James Bobin and writers who knew just off-put and awkward the show was with and thanks to them finding a surprisingly clever tonal balance between its humor and moderate levels of self-awareness, the films overall nuance rubbed off on me in a delightful way. Not taking itself too seriously while also poking fun of itself gives even some of the mildest attempts at comedy a mild chuckle and the hybrid mix of adventuring/exploring (with callbacks to other popular explorer films and characters) some nice gravitas and levity. The end result: an entertaining albeit semi-predictable adventure for the whole family.
Granted, not every comedic moment made me laugh, some moments were a LITTLE cringy and the message is nothing special, for it’s almost common lore for Dora but the film's mature perspective allows it to see both the humor and the promise in teens, who are suspended between the dreams of childhood and the abilities of adults.....and I really don’t need to say anything more about Isabella Moner here as Dora because while the other cast members are decent enough on their own, she was electrizante et excelente.