Put under a microscope, any children’s program is at least a little strange. The long-lasting animated “Dora the Explorer” is no exception, depending on the moments of the fourth wall crash in which the brave heroine of the same name stops to help teach her audience basic English, while she often ventures through a jungle full of solved riddles, talking backpacks and a sweet monkey who often wears rain boots (her name is, of course, Boots). Fortunately, everyone involved with the live-action twist in Nickelodeon’s series, “Dora and the Lost City,” is aware of that fact, happily marrying the strangest elements of the animated series and an effervescent “real world” adventure to enchanting effect.
Revelationally, James Bobin’s film begins with a glimpse of what a faithful version of the nearly two-decade series would look like: a pair of smiling children wandering through the jungle, aided by anthropomorphic hiking supplies and animal friends, eagerly teaching conversational English along the way. Transferred to the world of live-action, of course, it seems silly, and when young Dora (Madelyn Miranda) suddenly turns to the camera and starts talking to a non-existent audience, her own parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) shrug their shoulders amusingly.
Advancing 10 years, “Dora and the Lost City” resumes with Dora of elementary school age who is now a teenager (Isabela Moner), and unable to get rid of her television-ready tics. She’s still venturing through a jungle with a monkey, she’s still involved with an audience that doesn’t exist and is still completely out of touch with the real world. The charm of all Moner’s strength, now this is a role that could be irritating and strange without the right interpreter to inhabit it, but she makes Dora fun and enjoyable.
In a twist of “bad girls,” Dora is sent on a temporary stay with her “city” family (including beloved childhood friend and cousin Diego, played by Jeff Wahlberg) as her parents search for the lost city of gold deep in the jungle.
And yet Dora’s fearless spirit keeps her under pressure, even when Diego rejects her, Sammy (Madeleine Madden), the class star, tries to bring her down, and aspiring friend Randy (Nicholas Coombe) struggles to understand her. What better way to recalibrate Dora, well, Dora, and then return her to the place where she’s happiest: the jungle. Amid Dora’s problems in high school, the search for her beloved parents by the City of Gold (AKA Parapata) has offered a low buzz of drama as communications slowly cease as they apparently approach their target on the other side of the world.
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