Moner is simply amazing. Her ability to portray utmost innocence and joy will never get the appreciation it deserves
Is it possible for a feature to be judged solely on one performance? It worked for Blue Jasmine, and Cate Blanchette received her first Oscar for it (yet Sally Hawkins was equally amazing in reality, but that’s often forgotten). Admittedly, Blue Jasmine and Dora And The Lost City Of Gold are very different films, but with a central performance from Isabela Moner as wonderful as it is, it’s a comparison that feels wonderfully apt.
Dora (Isabela Moner) is desperate to join her parents on an expedition to find Parapata, the ancient Incan City of Gold, but Elena (Eva Longoria) and Cole (Michael Pena) believe her to be too young, sending her to live in America with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) instead. Finding life difficult in new surroundings, Dora’s wish comes true when she is kidnapped and lost in the South American forests, tracking down her missing parents.
Moner is simply amazing. Her ability to portray utmost innocence and joy will never get the appreciation it deserves (unless it’s nominated for an Oscar). Her vibrancy and excitement leaps from the screen, lighting up every single scene, whether it be a high school dance or a trek through the jungle. The film chooses to give a little leeway rather than purely translating the television show onto the big screen, and its relaxed approach is very welcome and clearly the correct decision.
Director James Bobin has given his feature just enough impetus to back Moner’s outstanding performance, making Dora And The Lost City Of Gold a worthwhile watch for anyone, not just the little ones and previous fans of the show. It’ll please those familiar with the franchise, and has a comedic streak to hand out smiles to everyone else. Moner is however worth the entire trip alone, and has to be praised for her simply incredible work.
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