Dora the Explorer the live action movie just recently released on August 9th, takes you on her next adventure, the city life as a high schooler. Before then she was living in the rainforest with her parents and her cousin Diego as they search for clues to finding “Parapata”. Eventually Diego had to leave due to his family relocating for a new job. Ten years has passed since Diego left the rainforest, Dora, played by Isabela Moner, now 16, goes on an exploration to find more clues to solve the mystery of Parapata, but ends up falling off an edge as she tried to jump and retrieve an artifact. Due to this incident her parents, played by Eva Longoria and Michael Peña, decide that she isn’t ready to continue with them for the search of Parapata and it was time for Dora to try out the city life.
She wasn’t too happy about the decision, but she goes along with it and makes the big move to the city. There she meets up with Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), meets new classmates Sammy (Madeleine Madden) and Randy (Nicholas Coombe). It was going to be an all new adventure for Dora, but no one would have thought that on a class field trip that they'd be making a stop to the rainforest!
Going in with no expectations I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to pull of this children’s cartoon into a live action movie. It was a fast pace movie, they didn’t keep things too realistic, still adding some fun imagination into the film. They kept Swiper the fox, boots and her trusty backpack that didn’t talk. If you’ve watched Dora on nickelodeon, the live action did a nice job in keeping in some of Dora’s signature lines and songs. Especially her song about her backpack and the map. It was fun and lighthearted movie, focusing on the challenges of what high schoolers face today - just trying to find friends and fit in. It was fun to see how Dora, this girl whose been away from society for pretty much her entire life try to make it through high school. There were some funny lines mixed with awkward moments that really makes you think about your high school days. Ah those high school days...when your trying to figure out who you are, how to fit in and like Diego whose trying so hard to“be normal”. Letting people see our quirky, awkward self was a definite no. Then you have individuals like Dora, who changes the flow of things. She’s herself and no matter how much someone tries to bring her down it doesn't change her in a negative way.
Dora kept her friendly, optimistic attitude throughout the entire movie. Watching how the four high schoolers face the wilderness to find Dora’s parents, they begin to learn more about themselves and each other.
Building friendship and self discovery, this movie was a great watch. Especially if you watched Dora on Nickelodeon, watching the live action brought back those nostalgic feels.
If you haven’t seen the movie do check it out and watch the four go on their next big adventure.