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It Chapter Two (2019) Movie Review By The Moviie Couple

Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), Stephen King (based on the novel by)
Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader

Moviie Couple here!   Well, sort of anyway.  You see Mrs Moviie Couple nearly always refuses to watch horror films.  The sight of Pennywise or the name of Stephen King in the trailers had her diverting her eyes, shaking her head and just saying No, No, and No Way, over and over again in my direction.  No matter what I did or promised, she simply would not go see this film with me.  With that in mind, We will be having a guest reviewer this week.  Keeping things in the family, we welcome Moviie Couple Son!  Yes, Moviie Couple Son and myself went to see It Chapter Two this weekend!  Never fear (Wow!  How appropriate is that statement to this weeks film? ) Mrs. Moviie Couple will return!  Here is a quick reminder of our scoring system.  We’re here to tell you if we liked it.  Film experts we are not!  Just a quick reminder of our rating system.   We rate films on whether they are worth the cash spent on a night out.  we use a 1-6 Dollar Bill system.  1-2 Bills equal a waste of both our time and money!  3-4 Bills equal Meh to Pretty Good, money well spent!  5-6 Bills equal Wow!  Well worth the price of dinner, movie and sitter!  Please take our money again! 

It Chapter Two continues the story from It (2017), naturally, as the now adult Losers Club return to Derry, Maine.  Pennywise the Clown has returned twenty seven years later, to murder victims in the friends home town.  As promised at the conclusion of IT, the Club fulfills their vow, in an attempt to end Pennywise once and for all, and return to face their childhood nightmare for a final time.  Directed once again by Andy Muschietti, the adult Losers are portrayed by Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan (who Warner Brothers/DC should be looking at to replace Henry Cavill as Superman if you ask me), James Ransone and Andy Bean.  Once again, starring as Pennywise, is Bill Skarsgard.  

This well known and beloved book truly needs no recap other than what we already gave.  Fans of the King classic know what they are getting here and even if you don’t have a well worn copy in your paperback collection or a newly downloaded edition in your Kindle, filmgoers that watched the first chapter should be more than eager to see the Losers Club return to Derry.  I will say that if you have not seen IT (2017) it will behoove you to watch that film in order to truly appreciate the entire saga presented here.  Can you watch just Chapter Two alone?  Sure, flashbacks and exposition catch you up, but a viewing of the first film will only enrich the experience.  At the very least, if you’ve read the book or seen the original mini series you will be fine, but trust me, this is best seen in conjunction with the first film.  Fine, is not enough.  Seeing this as a whole story is a much better experience.

Will the now adult friends be able to duplicate the experience from that past summer when they first faced Pennywise? (No Spoilers)  Will the adult versions be able or even willing to face their fears a second time?  Has adulthood and the world outside Derry, changed them in a way to make matters worse?  Will they still connect or has the years apart damaged a once close knit group of friends?  Will Pennywise even remember them or be ready in waiting for the old gangs return?  

Does this film’s conclusion live up to the original book or even the well known mini series?  How does it measure up as a horror film in general?  Let’s put on our yellow slickers, head out to play in the rain, all hold hands, jump in some puddles and try not to look into any sewer drains!  it’s time to find out!

Mr. Moviie Couple:  I went into this expecting a genuine horror film, but I got so much more. This movie deals with much more than just horror elements.  King’s work often delves into deeper subjects using the horror story as a backdrop.  Director Muschietti understands this perfectly!  Each of these adult members of the Loser’s Club are dealing with issues from either their past or their current lives and must find ways to deal with or overcome their own challenges in order to not just face Pennywise, but to be happy in life as a whole.  The film opens with a very harsh scene of violence in the real world.  The scene portrays a very jarring and visceral hate crime.  A gay couple enjoying a night of fun at the Derry Fair get brutally attacked.  It’s hard to watch and at first began to pull me from the movie, but I believe it was a directorial decision to demonstrate just how LITTLE a creature like Pennywise has to push people to commit evil.  Either that or to remind us that there are monsters roaming free in our world and Pennywise needs to do very little to find fear to feed off of.  We simply provide him a buffet each and every day with our actions toward each other.  He really needs to only let us be ourselves and he can feast from the fear we create forever.  It left a powerful impact on me as to the nature of evil.

The cast was amazing!  If you’ve seen the 2017 IT, you will be impressed with just how well cast the adult actors are in conjunction with the young actors that came before them.  It’s uncanny how perfect they look in my opinion.  A standout for me was Bill Hader, usually known for his comedic performances, he does provide a few laughs, but also does a fantastic job of playing adult Richie dramatically.  He is certainly on the rise in Hollywood.  Beside Hader, Chastain does good work as adult Beverly and Jay Ryan in a subtle portrayal, really captures his young acting counterpart’s essence without resembling him in the least. He needs to be noted for accomplishing something that perfectly, it can’t be easy.  Skarsgard really shines even more in this sequel as the LegenDerry (see what I did there?) Pennywise.  His portrayal will now live on as the definitive Pennywise in my opinion.  He is both sinister, creepy and likable all at once.  Something necessary for a killer clown capable of seducing children from the safety of their parents.  What he accomplishes behind clown makeup and prosthetics is in award winning caliber.   

In reference to the horror aspect of the film, it succeeds, but its not trying to be a gore fest (although there is a lot of blood).  It probably has one too many jump scares for true horror fans and the FX isn’t going to change the industry,but it works.  Pennywise’s lair and it’s entrance, in a classic haunted house setting, is creepy as hell and well done.  I can perfectly see it as a maze at Universal Horror Nights for sure! 

The film is nearly three hours long BUT unlike Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I never noticed it.  The film soared by and kept me engaged at every level.  This was one of my favorite movies of the year to be honest.   The actors playing the adult Losers had me believing in them the entire ride!  It felt more like a modern times version of an epic adventure film rather than a horror film to me.  Of course there is a horror aspect to Pennywise, he is a child killing, fear consuming clown I get it, but it felt like a Lord of the Rings quest type story set in our times (no swords or horses) with Pennywise being a dragon to be slayed if you see where I’m coming from.  We do not spoil here at Moviie Couple, so I can’t give away the details, but suffice to say the themes of love and friendship, good vs evil are presented in a scary, entertaining and timely way!  It was great!  The original story’s influence can be seen everywhere from ‪the Goonies‬, ‪The Lost Boys‬ and all the way to today’s Stranger Things mania.  But even a classic template can be messed up if not handled with care.  Muscietti and a top notch cast present the classic tale in a (while not being a page for page retelling) loving and exciting way for a new generation!   

King at his best!  (Keep eyes peeled for a great cameo!)  I enjoyed this film far more than I expected to heading in.  Not only a fine conclusion or sequel, but just a really good film.  Thanks to some sharp directing (highlighted by scenes with Pennywise under the bleachers and in a mirrored funhouse!) and excellent performances all over the cast,  I give It Chapter Two 5 Bills!  Wow!  Take my money!  I want to see it again!  I’d follow this film down a sewer drain any time!

Moviie Couple Son:  So my Mom can’t stand to watch horror movies, well lucky for us they are a favorite of mine!  So I will be covering for my mum.  Dad writes these things up, so I’m going to hand him the bullet points to my reaction to It Chapter Two and he can type it all up, like he does for Mom.  I may be back for any future horror movies, since Mom is such a chicken when it comes to those.  Hope you enjoy! 

-Perfect Casting!  Bill Skarsgard was better than ever as Pennywise!  He now stands alongside Freddy, Jason and Leatherface!

-Great cinematography!  All the scare scenes were framed and shot in dynamic fashion!

-The film could have taken the “scary”to a higher level.  I was hoping for more terror, but it was still unnerving thanks to the differing camera angles and an intense score!

-The film is as good an adaptation of the book as fans could hope for!  Long time book fans will not be disappointed

-If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this one.
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-Great classic horror movie to kick off the fall season.

-Not as violent as expected.  So fans of a more supernatural horror and those not into torure and gore will be able to enjoy it more than some horror films of late.

-Very good storytelling here.  Lots of exposition about Pennywise’s past, but that is to be expected.  It did not bog down the runtime at all.  It was all told in a natural and necessary way.

-The dialogue was excellent, as in the first film.  Very well balanced between humor (natural flow between childhood friends) and the anxiety driven fear filled serious scenes.  Maybe not as natural and fun as the first film’s interaction between the kids, but still solid.

-I give It Chapter Two 5.5 Bills!  It was such a good sequel and final chapter to the first film.  I would have given it 6 Bills had it ratcheted up scares a lot more, but as is its still a great movie that I will recommend to any King fan and to horror fans in general!  Thanks for allowing me to sub for my horror allergic Mom.  Hopefully I’ll be back again soon! 

On the way home, We spoke of the book (which we both read) and how some weirder aspects were left out or only hinted at in Easter Eggs (see if you spot turtles anywhere?  Book fans will get it).  How great the acting and directing are in this one.  How Skarsgard’s Pennywise was so awesome!  The themes of the film, how love and forgiveness can overcome fear and evil.  We both couldn’t have enjoyed it more!  I thought it was perfect, Moviie Couple Son thought it held back a bit and could have been scarier, but still loved it!  My 5 Bills with his 5.5 Bills gives It Chapter Two get an average of a solid 5 Bills!  Not too shabby!

So until next time, Call your old friends and reconnect, stay away from open sewer grates and if you see one lone red balloon floating around, turn and run the other way!  Be sure to check our facebook page for a clue to our next movie up for review!  Mr. Moviie Couple and Son out!

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Daylight (1996) Movie Review By Steve Wilkins

Daylight Review

Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: Leslie Bohem
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Sage Stallone

Stallone stars as Kit Latura, a former rescuer turned taxi driver.  During a casual night everything goes unexpectedly wrong in the New Jersey tunnels  thanks to fleeing criminals causing an explosion within. He finds himself playing heroics to help trapped civilians escape due to prior career knowledge.

This movie initially bombed in its theatrical release but upon personal viewing, the movie is much better than what it ever lead to believe.  Possibly one of Stallone’s best performances, Daylight is an edge of the seat action/thrill ride that really never lets up.

Tasked with the care of multiple civilians, you genuinely feel the burden put on Latura as he does everything in his power to get everyone to safety. He finds strength in character within Madelyne Thompson (Brenneman), a young woman that was  essentially leaving Jersey for a better life before events unfolded.

I was only 14 when this movie dropped and not yet heavily immersed into film to even begin to understand the logistics of it all but even now no matter how many times I watch this title, I  can’t believe how poorly received it was.  Clearly,  no movie is without flaw but overall, Daylight still holds up well today and really could deliver a sequel.

Always suggested,  Daylight is a great popcorn flick well worth the time.   Enjoy

Never Grow Old (2019) Movie Review By Justin Aylward

 

Never Grow Old Review

Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Writer: Ivan Kavanagh
Stars: Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Déborah François

The Western has become the forgotten genre of recent years in the world of movies. Relegated to small theatres or released amid a flurry of higher profile pictures on streaming sites, one would think that cowboys and Indians have gone extinct. But despite the lack of major studio interest, there are still directors out there who are willing and able to mount that old horse and ride out to the horizon with a tale of their own.

Ireland’s Ivan Kavanagh (Tin Can Man, The Canal) has written and directed a new picture, Never Grow Old, starring John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, and Deborah Francois. The film takes place in the pre-war nascent town of Farlow, on the California Trail. In Farlow there is enough fog for Jack The Ripper to disappear in and sufficient mud for a weeklong music festival.

Amid the elements, is a town of fervid religiosity and pious sermonising where the locals gather in the Presbyterian church. The preacher (Danny Webb) reminds his congregation that Farlow can be a shining example of American exceptionalism. They have rid themselves of Indians and now a new diktat will see the town free of drinking, gambling and prostitution. This is the real American Dream.

Patrick Tate (Emile Hirsch) is an immigrant undertaker from Ireland. He lives with his wife, Audrey (Deborah Francois) and their two children. Times are easy for no one in the west and things are no different for Patrick and his family. Audrey wants the family to continue travelling the coast to ensure a more prosperous life for the family.

Just when it looks like there isn’t enough graves to dig, Dutch Albert (John Cusack) rides into town in search of an old friend and bank robber. Soon enough, Tate is recruited as a friend by Dutch. ‘You kill two friends, you can make another one.’ Albert says. Cusack, with his greasy black hair and persistently soggy features brings enough quiet danger to the role. He could easily be a sort of dark avenger from the great beyond. He can see fear in people’s eyes, no less his new friend, Tate. With his two dingbat buddies, Dumb-Dumb (Sam Louwyck) a full-on cowboy minus a tongue, and Sicily (Camille Pistone) a Mediterranean menace, Dutch takes over the town. He reopens the saloon, and the drinks begin flowing again.

A battle between right and wrong quickly ensues between Dutch and the town, the problem being neither one is exactly right. Dutch brings about havoc with a loose trigger finger and a sharp aim, while the sheriff and the preacher are less militaristic in their posturing, but insidiousness lies not far beneath their rhetoric.

At the heart of the film is a quagmire of competing forces. Cowardice and Strength. Morality and greed. Peace and chaos. Wealth and poverty. Patrick Tate is a weak, cowardly man. He gives up on his religion in order to fit in, wilfully facilitates Dutch in his unlawful pursuits, and refuses to speak up in the face of injustice and murder. Is this the true foundational history of America? What does it take for a man to overcome his shadow and speak the truth?

Director, Kavanagh, lays out these questions and allows the viewer to decide on the fact of the matter. The film, however, is quite slight, except for scenes of barbarity which are cruel in their slowness. There is nothing particularly surprising and the pace is dulled in the second act. You can almost feel the cracks that split the movie apart toward the finale. Kavanagh compensates for this by going back to the common stylistic tropes of the genre which barely conceal the cracks.
What works about the film is the commitment to the material.

Never Grow Old is nothing new but it is a solid entry into the genre, reminiscent of such Westerns as The Hunting Party and The Unforgiven. John Cusack, who doesn’t normally bring the sinister to the screen, gives a performance of deep subtlety, bringing Dutch Albert to life with slow and ominous speech patterns and delivery. Also, the film was shot entirely in the west of Ireland, which makes a somewhat murkier depiction of the American midlands than you might expect. But the hazardous elements and desolate landscape help to create that atmosphere of dread and isolation.

Never Grow Old is a Western that uses the typical tropes of the genre well enough and with unflinching devotion for a worthy viewing experience.

Rocketman (2019) Blu-Ray Movie Review By D.M. Anderson

 

Rocketman Review

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Writer: Lee Hall
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones, Jason Pennycooke, Steven Mackintosh, Sharon D. Clarke, Tate Donovan, Kit Connor.

Since we all really liked Bohemian Rhapsody, I took my entire family to see Rocketman when it was released in theatres. I’ve always enjoyed music bios, and particularly interesting are those about artists I clearly remember at the height of their popularity. Like Queen, Elton John’s music was a big part of my childhood.

I tend to pay little attention to press or reviews of movies I’m already intent on seeing, so other than its subject, its star (Taron Egerton) and obviously the music, I knew relatively little about Rocketman going in. Considering his wild life and countless classic songs, any movie with Elton John as its subject would be inherently interesting.

But as the film opened, something unexpectedly wonderful happened. Decked-out in one of his trademark stage costumes, a worn and weary Elton John sits down with a support group and counts-off his numerous addictions. When the counsellor asks about his childhood, John begins to quietly sing. Though it sounds like a melancholy ballad, I recognised the lyrics to “The Bitch is Back.” The scene morphs into a huge production number taking place on the street of his childhood home, with dancers, back-up singers and a young Reggie Dwight (Elton’s real name) belting-out the sassy chorus.

My wife gasped in surprise. My musical-loving oldest daughter quickly clapped with joy. The unexpected rush I felt was the same as when I first saw that massive Imperial Star Destroyer enter the top of the frame in the opening scene from Star Wars. Rocketman wasn’t just a music bio…it was a full-blown musical.

With 20/20 hindsight, of course it is. How could any movie about rock & roll’s most fearlessly flamboyant frontman not be?

I suppose comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody are inevitable, though not entirely fair. Both take dramatic liberties with the facts and timeline, but Rocketman is more than an episodic love letter to its subject. Elton’s life and songs are basically re-imagined, not only for dramatic purposes, but to turn his story into an epic musical fantasy with the glamour and audacity befitting of its subject. The film is filled with brilliantly-conceived musical numbers featuring his best-known songs. But they aren’t isolated pieces of gratuitous window dressing. The numbers are sequenced in a manner that they become part of the narrative and the songs themselves feel almost autobiographical, despite the varied lyrical subject matter.

Though only superficially resembling Elton John, Taron Egerton’s performance is every bit as remarkable as Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury, plus he does his own singing (as does the rest of the cast). As depicted in the film, John is a complicated character who is – by turns – insecure, lonely, egotistical, self-loathing, resentful, sensitive, petty and narcissistic. Egerton convincingly demonstrates all those traits, yet still keeps his character likeable. Otherwise, sequences featuring “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Rocket Man” wouldn’t be nearly as engaging, nor would we care whether or not he wins the battle against his demons.

Regarding Elton John’s sexuality, Rocketman is certainly braver than Bohemian Rhapsody, but that’s not ultimately what makes it a better film. The narrative is more cohesive, the main character more complex and his story more vividly presented, enhanced by knock-out musical numbers. It’s as fun as Elton’s songs and – so far – the most purely entertaining movie of the year.

The Hustle (2019) Blu-Ray Review By D.M. Anderson

 

 

The Hustle Review

Director: Chris Addison
Writers: Stanley Shapiro (screenplay by), Paul Henning (screenplay by)
Starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, Emma Davies, Nicholas Woodeson, Dean Norris, Timothy Simons, Rob Delaney, Tom Blake Nelson.

Holding up my screening copy of The Hustle, I asked my daughter, Natalie, “Did you wanna check this out with me? Your wife is in it.” Natalie often jokingly refers to actors she considers attractive as her ‘wife’ or ‘husband.’ In this case, it would be Anne Hathaway.

“Nah,” she replied. “I  can’t stand Rebel Wilson.” No wedding bells there, I guess.

I never found Wilson particularly funny, either, but at least in the other films I’ve seen her in, she’s been just a supporting character. In The Hustle, not-only does Wilson share top billing with Anne Hathaway, she’s essentially the main protagonist, meaning her brash brand of it’s-funny-because-I’m-fat humour is here in abundance. Fans will probably enjoy her performance; others will find it obnoxious and interminable.

The Hustle is an inferior remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which was also a remake, by the way). Other than swapping genders, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table that might justify its existence. Hathaway & Wilson are no Caine & Martin, but you probably knew that already. And while there’s an occasional chuckle here and there, this is another case where all the truly laugh-out-loud moments appear in the trailer.

Hathaway can be quite funny but isn’t given much of an opportunity here, mostly playing straight-man to Wilson’s buffoonery. Speaking of which, the film often coasts on the assumption that being overweight is inherently amusing. And I suppose many people think it is. But even when she isn’t trying to milk laughs based on her size, there’s something about Wilson’s delivery and performance that feels kind-of desperate. In that respect, she’s more Chris Farley than Melissa McCarthy: Laugh with me or laugh at me, as long as you’re laughing.

I didn’t laugh much either way, not at anything Rebel Wilson says or does, anyway. Hathaway looks like she’s having fun, but the best moments belong to supporting characters, particularly Nicholas Woodeson as one of Hathaway’s con-game cohorts. As for the rest of the film, the story is completely free of surprises, its four writers unable to come up with a unique spin on a familiar tale. That might make The Hustle a reheated dish of comfort food for undemanding viewers. It still tastes like leftovers, though, including Wilson’s schtick.

Dora and The Lost City Of Gold (2019) Movie Review By The Moviie Couple

 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold Review

Director: James Bobin
Writers: Chris Gifford (based on the series created by), Matthew Robinson (screenplay by)
Stars: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña

Moviie Couple here!   We went to see Dora and The Lost City of Gold this weekend!  Remember we are just a married couple that loves movies!  We’re here to tell you if we liked it.  Film experts we are not!  Just a quick reminder of our rating system.   Mrs. Moviie Couple and I, rate films on whether they are worth the cash spent on a night out.  we use a 1-6 Dollar Bill system.  1-2 Bills equal a waste of both our time and money!  3-4 Bills equal Meh to Pretty Good, money well spent!  5-6 Bills equal Wow!  Well worth the price of dinner, movie and sitter!  Please take our money again!

Dora and the Lost City of Gold brings to the silver screen the titular cartoon heroine from Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer! Back in August 2000, the world was introduced to Dora, a seven year old latina adventurer that entertained a generation of kids for eight seasons, with her talking backpack, map and monkey friend Boots!  Exploring her jungle, outwitting foxes and teaching kids a bit of Spanish all at the same time!  Updated for this live action adventure, we catch up with a high school age Dora (performed by Isabela Moner) as she is sent by her explorer parents (Played by Michael Pena and Eva Longoria!) to the big city to attend high school with her cousin and childhood bestie, Diego (Yes, for those cartoon historians, Diego starred in his own Nick Jr cartoon Go Diego Go! Unfortunately that show is never referenced here).

While innocent, homeschooled Dora is sent to explore this, as of yet to her, undiscovered world of selfies, social media and high school bullies, her parents head off to discover the Lost City of Gold, Parapata! After a bumpy start to High School life,  it doesn’t take long before Dora is off to the jungle in search of her missing parents, with a few new classmates in tow!

The students and Diego played by Jeff Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe and Madeleine Madden get dragged along as Dora reunites with Boots and runs afoul of her old nemesis Swiper the masked fox!  For the “I can’t believe I’m writing this record”  Boots the Monkey and Swiper the Fox are voice acted by Danny Trejo and Benicio Del Toro!  Wow, just Wow!   Directed by James Bobin of recent Muppet Movie fame, Will Dora find her missing parents?  Can she prove herself to her judgmental city peers?  Does the City of Gold exist?  Is this pint sized Lara Croft ready to face the real life dangers and challenges awaiting her?  Is this film simply a death trap or is it the high school equivalent of Raiders Of the Lost Ark?  Will you wish you stayed home or will come away believing a Fox can talk?  Grab you maps, insect repellant and pink backpacks everyone, it’s time to find out!

Mr. Moviie Couple:  Honestly, I remember the Dora cartoon from my children watching her years ago.  With that in mind, I was very curious after seeing the trailer for this film.  I would even say I was a tad bit excited to see how this would all be pulled off.  How would they update Swiper the Fox for a live action film?  It didn’t take long before the movie lets us know that much of what we saw in the cartoon was the product of young Dora’s imaginative adventures growing with only her cousin Diego and her parents around for company.  This worked well for me.  The acting was pretty par for the course for a movie of this type.  The lone standout to me was the performance of Isabela Moner as Dora.  This young actress really carried the show.  She conveyed Dora’s earnestness in each and every scene!  No spoilers! (Oh man!…, see what I did there?)  But even in the very Croft/Indiana Jones third act, Moner never drops the innocent innate goodness of Dora throughout the various situations!  Muy Bueno!

Once it became apparent, to a grumpy filmgoer such as myself, with Swiper the Fox’s first onscreen appearance, (where he is wearing his mask and talking to a group of mercenaries without anyone freaking out),  that the earlier explanations trying to tie the cartoon version to the live action film was now out the window.  I remembered that this movie is really made for kids or young adults that actually watched the cartoon with regularity!  My need to understand Swiper or Boots in a real world setting faded soon after and I started to really enjoy this movie for what it is.  Part Mean Girls, Part Indiana Jones (especially the third act with a cool nod to the Last Crusade) and Part walk down nostalgia lane.

Packed with great messages about being true to oneself, the value of everyone and the bond of family, what more could you ask of a film with a target audience ripe for all these positive concepts.
Overall, I enjoyed Dora due to a great lead performance and a fun concept, but to be fair, if you have no feelings of nostalgia or never cared for Dora The Explorer, you’ll probably hate it.  With all that in mind, I must quantify my rating.  If you are a kid or a young adult who grew up watching Dora, I feel its a solid 4 Bills!  BUT, if you have little to no history with the cartoon it’s a solid 3 (probably a 2 if not for Moner’s performance).  So for me, I give Dora and The Lost City of Gold 4 Bills!  Pretty Good!  Overall a good time!  If not entirely Delicioso!

Mrs. Moviie Couple:  Hola!  Senora Moviie Couple aqui!

It was so enjoyable to see all the cartoon characters brought to life in this movie!

All the actors did a fantastic job in their respective roles and Boots was very cute and funny!

The moral of this story really should have been used to promote it more.  Being true to yourself, even when being teased for it!  Never changing who you are for acceptance reasons, are both great lessons to teach our children these days!

We here at Moviie Couple work hard not to spoil the plot twists and turns or even big movie reveals, but I have to make an exception for one scene in this film.  I feel a responsibility to speak on this particular scene.  Dora and her friends are lured into a field of dangerous plants, once the plants are awakened they spray a pollen that when the characters breathe it in, they all begin to hallucinate.  It is played for laughs, as the characters see themselves as they appeared in the original cartoon.   Dora even thinks she is speaking to her map and backpack, as she imagined all those years ago.  I think it’s up to a parents discreation as to whether or not they want to expose their children to a scene like this one.  Or perhaps you can use this as a teaching moment to speak about hallucinogens to your kids depending on their age.  Either way I wanted to alert parents about the scene in advance so they can decide for themselves.

I have to give Dora and the Lost City of Gold 2 Bills!  Despite some fun, it drags a bit too long and I wish I had saved my money and waited to catch it on Netflix.  It will be a great watch for kids at home or for a family movie night on the couch, but not as an expensive night out!

On the way home, We spoke of the old cartoon. I still strove for an explanation of Swiper talking and nobody caring!  Am I the only one? Guess so. The Mrs. ribbed me a bit about how I was actually looking forward to this one and what more did I expect?  At the end of the day, we both had different experiences, who knew Dora the Explorer could be so divisive?  With my 4 Bills and her 2 Bills we come up with a solid 2 Bills maybe a Shaky 3 Bills.

Till next time, keep your binoculars close by, your backpack strapped tightly and never trust a talking fox wearing a mask, especially if he sounds like Benicio Del Toro!  Be sure to check our facebook page for a clue to our next movie up for review!  Mr. & Mrs. Moviie Couple out!