THR's Review of the Dora Movie Called Out for Being Creepy to Lead Actress





The Hollywood Reporter's review of the upcoming Dora and the Lost City of Gold is drawing attention on film twitter because of the uncomfortable way the male critic writes about its lead, Isabel Moner. His whole review seems preoccupied with its leads appearances and how the characters have been aged up to appeal to a more "hormonal demographic" and yet the film lacks a certain bite. And then it closes with the following:

What keeps things alive, up to a point, is the imperturbable attitude of the titular heroine, who is invested with try-and-stop-me spirit by Moner, who's actually 18 and looks it despite preventive measures. The same goes for Wahlberg, who's 19. There's a palpable gap you can't help but notice between the essentially innocent, borderline-pubescent nature of the leading characters and the film itself, and the more confident and mature vibes emanating from the leading actors. The director seems to be trying to keep the hormones at bay, but there are some things you just can't disguise, perhaps human nature first and foremost. Dora seems committed to projecting a pre-sexualized version of youth, while throbbing unacknowledged beneath the surface is something a bit more real, its presence rigorously ignored. To be believed, this story should have been set in 1955.


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