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The Road To El Dorado (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: The Road To El Dorado
Year: 2000
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul
Starring: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez
About: Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcOfJwN0bdY

My Review: 
Letting my Twitter decide which movie that it wants to see me review the most voted for movie was The Road To El Dorado. Having either never seen this before or not having seen it in so long that I couldn't remember anything about it I was excited to watch this. Knowing that this was a children's movie I wasn't sure what this would be like but really hoped that it would be good for both adults and children and I was not disappointed.

Humor is a key part of the film and was very well done for both an adult and child audience with jokes that both adults and children would get without it being too obvious. Having this made me laugh and enjoy the film a lot more than I had expected. With the two men pretending to be gods in order to steal money from a hidden civilisation it made me question the characters and really hope that they would decide to come clean. When they don't however change the way that the village was running and saving them from Tzekel-Kan who is wanting to sacrifice people I did feel happy that they managed to change El Dorado to a better place. Not only this but I thought by having a woman there who was wanting to help the men do the con in order to leave the village herself and even find love I thought was really sweet and I was glad to see someone who was on their side and understood who they really were. By having the chief also realise that they are not gods but just human it made me like the character more as he was able to see how much El Dorado wad improving as a result of them and was able to try and make it a better place for people to live. Finally, I did think that by having the metal cheetah try and beat the gods knowing that they wouldn't be able to defeat it with magic. By having them able to knock it into the water and Tzekel-Kan found by Cortes who ends up keeping him a prisoner as he is unable to take Cortes to the village of gold.

There was a couple things in which did bother me about this film such as there wasn't much of the background to the character Chel who wanted to leave with the men, making me wonder why she wanted to leave and what she was trying to escape from. The only other character in which left me a little confused was Tzekel-Kan who seemed like he was a god with the magic in which he was able to conjure and with the way he spoke it made me question if he was a god or how he was able to do the magic he was capable of.

Overall, The Road To El Dorado is a great family movie for both adults and children. I would recommend this to people who are looking for an adventure movie in which you are able to have a laugh watching and for those who enjoy animated movies. I would definitely watch this again.

My Rating 4/5 

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