The Road to El Dorado Reviews
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Dreamworks has scored big with previous strong ink and paint outings, but 'El Dorado' seems to be a dissapointment. At times the banter between Kline and Branaugh is lively and humerous but the energy is never sustained for long. 'El Dorado' lulls unexpectadly quite often. Katzenberg created the very successful Disney animated formula, and still sticks by it regretably. 'The Iron Giant' showed originality can work, so why is no one listening?![/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]The animation is surprisingly shoddy at times. The contrast between 3-D and 2-D animation is easily noticeable, unlike the work in 'Prince of Egypt'. Perez seems miscast, what with her Puerto Rican accent, and close to all the characters are poorly underwritten -- even the damn horse.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Elton John and Tim Rice buddy up after their successful pairing with the Diz' blockbuster 'The Lion King' to unlease wave after wave of senseless drivel. None of the monotonous songs are memorable, or even downright humable. After seeing these pop regurgitations it's easy to see that everyone makes a bad step. Consider this one.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]'El Dorado' is an animated attempt toward the bumbling road pictures of Hope and Crosby, but this tank is too low on gas for the entire trip.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: C+ [/color][/font]
Shark Tale wasn't the worst, but was kind of an unfunny cash in. Even though it had pointless jokes/puns, predictable story, a wrong moral and very boring characters, I have to give it credit for its unique animation, creative visuals, and very good voice acting.
Bee Movie, on the other hand, was better than Shark Tale, but not as great as any of the other entries that came out at that time. It had great animation, cool flight scenes, solid voice acting, very creative visuals/jokes, and a decent music score, but suffered from pointless characters, predictable story, confusing premise, and the story's lack of a menacing villain and adventure.
It was great to see Dreamworks Animation doing traditional animated films and computer animated films that got my attention and this one happens to be one of them.
It tells the story abut two swindlers named Tulio and Miguel, who obtain a map that shows the location to El Dorado after winning a dice game, but their cheating has been discovered and ends up being stowaways to Hernan Cortes' fleet to conquer Mexico. They managed to escape, however, along with Cortes' horse named Altivo and they've eventually come across El Dorado where they are mistaken for gods.
How can no one not like this movie? It's a kids movie and boys and girls and their families should like this.
The humor in this movie was as good as Dreamworks earlier entries (except Shark Tale) and has been targeted to younger audiences besides children. It was sad to see it bombed in the box office, but that doesn't take away everything else that I like about this movie.
That acting is acceptable here. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh had a great chemistry when voicing Tulio and Miguel. Rosie Perez was very cute as Chel (might as well call her Cheldorado, quote from the movie) and the rest of the actors including Jim Cummings as Cortes were very entertaining.
The music from Hans Zimmer and John Powell was visually stunning and very epic. If some of you think that the songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice were lackluster, you're dead wrong because they are so damn catchy! The theme song in the beginning, "The Trail We Blaze", "It's Tough To Be A God", "The More I Learn", and "Friends Never Say Goodbye" were a lot of fun and they were worth listening to.
Although, there are two problems that I do have with this movie. The plot/script were predictable, but was perfectly well-paced and for some reason, there were homosexual overtones between Tulio and Chel that were too inappropriate for kids.
The Road To El Dorado may not be a masterpiece, but it's still a very entertaining non-Disney movie and it is worth checking out. I mean, seriously. It is that good.