One has to applaud that someone managed to make a simple kid show into an adventure film that actually surpassed Angelina Jolie's final "Tomb Raider" movies in both charm and entertainment value even if it include CGI monkeys and poop jokes. The nostalgic factor is huge for those who loved the show as kids (which my now 8-year-old girl did) and ms. Moner is charming, but the romantic couple look more like siblings.
The most breezily entertaining movie about a quixotic search for a mythical lost city in South America that I've seen. Take that, James Gray and Werner Herzog. Also makes multiple sing-songy references to digging and using a poop hole, including a pov shot from said poop hole, so... Michael Peña and Eva Longoria are dope in cameos. Didn't watch the show as a kid, couldn't be in on the jokes or against its heresies.
With the odds ostensibly stacked against it, it's hard not to put a little extra icing on the praise cake for "Dora and the Lost City of Gold." While not as gutsy in its subversion of its source material as "Scooby-Doo," it does a wonderful job at ribbing corny elements of the show while gently nudging it towards more mature tendencies. Its serialized action echoes "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and that's...pretty good.