We all rely on the quality of almost all Nickelodeon projects, any live-action approach to their animated series doesn't make a little noise. This was the case with the announcement of “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, a 100% family adventure based on 'Dora, the Explorer' (2000-2014), the educational series and interactive Nick Jr., starring the intrepid little girl and her friendly companion, the monkey Boots.
The film by James Bobin, responsible for 'The Muppets' (2011) and its sequel, but also the failed 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' (2016), puts us fully in the Jungle, where Dora and her renowned friends, Map, Backpack and her cousin Diego, do not stop imagining the most crazy odyssey. From the outset, the filmmaker makes it clear that this story is full of humor, self-references and a little bit of parody since it never takes anything seriously) and it is, there where much of its success resides.
Although the baby girl grows, Diego returns with his parents to the city, and she continues to grow and grow up among the not-so-dangerous dangers of the jungle, history, and the young protagonist never loses naivety. And the need to break the fourth wall from time to time, remembering that interaction she had with the audience.
Thus, the world of the adolescent Dora (Isabela Moner) is reduced again to Boots, mom Elena (Eva Longoria) and dad Cole (Michael Peña), two professors who dedicated their lives to the exploration and the search for Parapata, an old Inca city that, they say, contains the greatest treasure of this extinct Latin American civilization. Now, with 16 years, the young woman must travel to the city of Los Angeles to meet her cousin (Jeff Wahlberg) and her family, attend high school and socialize with other boys her age, while her parents undertake the last stretch of his journey towards this sensational discovery.
More lost than Cady Heron, Dora tries to fit in without losing her freshness and her strange rituals that embarrass her cousin, she is hated by the hatreds of Sammy (Madeleine Madden) - the odious brain of the class - and gains the immediate affection of Randy (Nicholas Coombe), a nerd with few friends. During a school trip to the museum, the four must make equipment and, while they add points for their practical work, they are kidnapped by mercenaries who smuggle them into Peru. Of course, the bad guys are behind Parapata, its riches and the map of Dora.
Luckily, Alejandro Gutiérrez (Eugenio Derbez), explorer and professor at the University of San Marcos, who says he knows her parents, decides to rescue them and help them return home or, in the case of Dora, reunite with their loved ones, disappeared since a few days ago. Here the real adventure begins, when the girl and her fellow travelers must work as a team to overcome all the obstacles that the jungle presents, and the villains who step on their heels, including Swiper (voice of Benicio del Toro), a fox thief and elusive that does not specifically represent those of his species.
But the best thing about Dora And the Lost City of Gold is the inclusion, courtesy of a cast of Latin American descent and representation of their culture, without the need to fall into stereotypes or teasing. At times, it is a bit cartoonish, but the same characters are those who embrace this idiosyncrasy with which anyone can relate. Incidentally, adds some questions about adolescence and maturing, but without losing the essence and customs.