a sweet, silly antidote to summer break boredom

Dir: James Bobin; Starring: Isabela Moner, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Jeff Wahlberg, Madeleine Madden, Nicholas Coombe, Eugenio Derbez. PG cert, 102 mins.

Okay, so it’s no Tarantino. But there might not be a pleasanter surprise in cinema this year – really! – than this live-action adaptation of Dora the Explorer, the long-running Nickelodeon cartoon. Sweet, exciting, silly, and featuring an elaborate poo joke that actually earns its keep, Dora and the Lost City of Gold feels tailor-made for school-holiday viewing.

To that end, it also happens to be scrupulously education-free, unless you count a broad moral about the value of of cooperation and a smattering of Spanish vocab. 

The flesh-and-blood…

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