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Dora - An Explorer or Treasure Hunter? Dora and the Lost City Of Gold Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie Review by Ms. H

If you saw this movie -- Were you as surprised as I was that Dora and the Lost City of Gold movie turned out to be quite an entertaining action/adventure film.  You may be familiar with Dora the Explorer from her toys, dolls, television shows, books and more. However, probably to the delight of many, Dora has branched out to the big screen.

I was skeptical when I found out Dora was going to have her own movie.  However, after I watched the movie trailer, I knew I was going to see this film as soon as it was released.  Did Dora and the Lost City of Gold disappoint or was the movie a solid winner? Check out my movie review to find out!

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Plot of Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie

The movie had a simple plot which was not difficult to determine.  Dora’s goal was to find the lost city of gold which has been her aim for some time.  The movie creatively made it clear that Dora’s interest was in the exploration part of the hunt -- rather than the vast amount of treasurers that she could possibly find.  A side plot was to find her parents who had ventured out to locate the city of gold on their own. As can be expected, some “bad guys" entered the scene to complicate the matter.

Little known fact about Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie:  Isabela Moner plays the lead character of Dora (age 16) who is close to her own age of 18.

Acting Abilities Displayed in Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie

To start on a positive note, in my opinion Isabela Moner who played the lead character Dora did a good job. There is one particular scene where she conveys her thoughts about a situaton with her eyes instead of voicing words.  To me, this is a clear sign of someone who has studied their craft.  

On a less positive note, I think the character who played the role of Dora’s cousin Diego -- Jeffrey Wahlberg was too serious in his scenes. There was a scene where he relaxed and delivered his lines with some degree of lightness but for the most part, I think he could have done an overall better job.  The other actors in the movie performed adequately.

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Predictability of Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie

To some degree, there is suspense in this movie, but for the most part, some of the scenarios that took place in the movie were  predictable. For example, when the characters got into any sort of danger, you knew all would be well within the next few minutes. That being said, I thought the movie was entertaining in showing how they came up with solutions to the predicaments they fell in (literally).  Another plus was the writer/director allowed some of the other characters to display their “smarts" in addition to Dora, the lead character of the movie.

Assessment of Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie

I found Dora and the Lost City of Gold film to not only be entertaining, but I thought there was a fair amount of action throughout the movie.  A minor downside was the logic in the movie where you may find yourself asking exactly how they came up with their solutions and why certain characters would suddenly appear. The geographic locations of some of the scenes especially regarding Dora and her parents may be questioned as well.  Additionally, the transition from one type of visual to the other may also be questioned, Spoiler Alert: For example -- a major minus of the movie for me was the inclusion of actual cartoon footage in the movie in addition to the real life actors.

However, all and all, you may find yourself smiling at some of the scenes in this movie.  I think even with the perceived dangers they faced, Ithe writer/director managed to keep the movie in the “feel-good” category.   

Whether Dora describes herself as an explorer, or a treasure hunter or even something else is up to her or the writer/director.  But based on the entertaining action events and scenarios in this movie, I would put her in yet another genre -- an adventurer. And yes, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a solid winner in my book.

Assessment of Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Dora and the Lost City of Gold movie 4 stars.

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Action Galore from the Hobbs and Shaw Movie -- Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not  represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie Review by Ms. H

Actors Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Jason Statham star in the movie Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw.  There were other noteworthy actors in this movie as well including a surprise one that drew a splattering of applause from the audience when he appeared.

Was this film exactly what I expected? Were there surprises and most importantly -- would I classify it as a “good” movie? Check out my movie review to find out.

Plot of Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie

In my opinion, the plot seemed like it was straight out of a comic book which revolved around a virus that has the potential to destroy the world. Sounds familiar? Of course this plot has been visited and revisited many times before in movies, tv shows, etc., so there was nothing really new here.

One of the subplots dealt with a villain trying to get the virus at all costs to use for wrong doings. In the midst of all of this, there is quite a bit of animosity (at least in the beginning) between Dwayne Johnson’s character Hobbs and Jason Statham's character, Shaw.

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Twists in the Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie

This movie is not one of those films where there is a huge revelation unbeknownst to the audience.  Initially, you may be surprised of a sibling relationship in the movie. However, for the most part, it appears that the writer and director concentrated on the action scenes as well as the sometimes extraordinary stunt-type feats in the movie -- especially one dealing with a helicopter and trucks. If you watch the movie, you will know the scene I’m referring to. 

Little known fact about the Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie:  Jason Momoa (Aquaman) was the  first choice to play the brother of Dwayne Wayne’s character but was unable to do so according to  sources because of his schedule.

Stand Out Actor in Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie

Even though all the actors performed adequately in their roles, I think that Idris Elba as the villain in this movie did an outstanding job.  I do not recall that he ever played a villain, so I gave him even more kudos for doing an admirable job doing so. 

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Assessment of Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie

There were a few holes in the plot of this movie, which you may or may not notice.  However, for action and entertainment value, I think this film did an adequate job. The strong points of the movie include the array of action scenes, as well as a hint of science fiction in the character played by Idris Alba. Some of the low points included the attempts at serious drama which in my opinion fell short. 

 To answer the question posed previously, I would categorize Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw as an ok type movie which you may want to see if you are a fan of action films.

Rating of the Fast and Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw movie 3 ¼ stars.

 

Pitt and DiCaprio in the Same Movie -- A Win or No? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie Review by Ms. H

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a movie I made a mental note to watch when it released.  I thought that watching this movie would be well worth my time and money. Was it?  Check out my movie review to find out!

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio  - Together - in the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie

Let’s cut to the chase here -- The choice of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood movie was definitely a win-win situation.  Prior to seeing the movie, I watched a youtube video where the actors were interviewed as well as the director Quentin Tarentino.  From the interview, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio both seemed to get along well, without showing any tendency to try to out-do or out-shine the other.  In other words, there was no competition that I could see regarding who was the bigger star -- which made for a good interview. 

By the way, I give an honorable mention to Margot Robbie in her role as Sharon Tate in the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood movie which for the most part was low-key.

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 Little Known Fact: Prior to the Once Upon a TIme n Hollywood movie, actors Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have never worked together in a film.

Acting Skills  Displayed by Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie

I must say that even though Brad Pitt gave what I thought was a good performance, it was Leonardo DiCaprio who took his acting abilities to the next level.  I won’t spoil the movie for you, but there is a scene where his character showed quite a bit of disappointment in himself and his acting abilities on the movie set so strongly that you may think that Leonardo DiCaprio is not acting.  By contrast, Brad Pitt had one scene where I think he probably could have showcased his acting expertise just a tad bit more --  even though his acting abilities were fine.  However, all in all, I think they both delivered great performances.

From the title, you will probably know that this movie, just as most movies, is a fabrication of events.  In this case the story is about a tragic occurrence that actually happened in 1969.  Towards that end, I think the writer and Quentin Tarentino took an extraordinary huge literary license to change the course of events.  However, on the other hand, I thought it was smart of him to title the movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" -- since some  imiaginative stories start in this manner.

My Assessment of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie

Due to the movie's length, I’m surprised there was litte to no press about how long it is.  If you decide to see this movie at the theater  be prepared to sit for some time. But due to the happenings and what was covered in the movie, its length suited the story.

That being said, In my opinion if the movie’s plot had concentrated more on the career of the movie actor as played by Leonardo DiCaprio and his stunt-double as played by Brad Pitt -- as well as being more true to the events that happened --  the movie would have fared better 

 However, on the bright side, if the trend continues with pairing A-list actors in movies, I think the movie viewing audiences will have plenty of  entertaining movies coming their way.

Rating  of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate  Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio's  acting performances 5 stars; however I rate the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood movie itself  3 ¾ stars.

 

 

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