Oswald Reviews: The Road to El Dorado

One of the lesser known Dreamworks films, this film came out in 2000. It may not be known that well, but it still has a good group of followers.

The Road to El Dorado is a film that I wanted to see for a long time. I’e heard decent reviews about it, and it’s only now that I got a chance to sit down and watch it. Is it as good as some people say or something that should remain forgotten? Let’s see.

Story: Miguel and Tulio are two con men in Spain during the 1500’s. When they accidentally find the lost city of El Dorado, the natives mistake them for gods. With the help of an adventurous native named Chel, they keep up the act of being powerful gods and attempt to steal the riches of the lost city.

The story isn’t exactly the most original,but it has enough twists and turns to keep you invested and interested. It’s a fun adventure that has the kind of humor of films like The Princess Bride or Pirates of the Caribbean. To be totally honest, the entire film had that sort of adventure/comedy vibe to it that is similar to those movies. So if you like stuff like that, you’d like this film.

Animation: The animation in this film is really just the Dreamworks hand-drawn animation style of the time. It’s sort of Disney-ish but is slightly more stylized. The thing is that it’s the same style as films like Prince of Egypt and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.

You really expect big, epic, and bit more grand animation, but instead you get a sort of big, adventurous feel. It’s not that it’s bad. The colors are very bright and vibrant, and there are moments of grandness but it still isn’t much. I shouldn’t be judging this film on what it could be but on what it is. And for what it is, it’s good.

Characters: Miguel and Tulio are a really good duo. I find their chemistry believable and I like how they work off of each other. Chel is a really good character as well. I like it when characters are adventurous and cunning. It’s the kind of character that you really wish you could be. Who doesn’t want to be the quick thinking, swashbuckling hero? It’s just too much fun.

In conclusion, The Road to El Dorado isn’t the best film I’ve seen in a while, but I did enjoy it. If you just want a fun adventure that isn’t too complex, this is the film for you.

See you later Animators!

Story: 7
Animation: 8
Characters: 8
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Total: 7.6 (8)

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