Miguel and Tulio are two thieves from Spain who win a map in a rigged bet and seek out to find the city of Eldorado. Once found, they are mistaken as gods in which they play along with intending to use their position to take gold back to Spain with them. However, they must escape the clutches of Cortes from Spain as well as the high priest of Eldorado, Tzekel-Kan, who suspects them to be mortal.
In the words of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, I must ask... "What is the deal?!"
From the makers of Prince of Egypt, comes this tale of 2 thieves in search of a city of gold with intentions to prosper from their findings and encounter an adventure along the way. The movie was funny, entertaining, enjoyable, but... why'd they include the stuff they did to make it PG?
The two main characters are Miguel and Tulio, successfully voiced by Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline. However, much like last year's Iron Giant, Eldorado suffered from too much adult material at times-- and like Giant, they included minor swearing. And swearing has no place in an animated movie. Also, they show the bare butts of the guys twice briefly as they's running in the jungle, and we see two different instances where Tulio and Chel have way more than just and traditional innocent Disney kiss (while this film was done by DreamWorks).
With that aside, I found the portrayl of the characters fantastic. I was taken in by how expressive and down-right entertaining they were. Although I must agree with some critics who have said that it was good but missed the "oomph" that the Disney features have, I have to say that this was just a great movie. Some other things to pick at, though, would be the audience and some of the other content. It's not a children's movie by any means, but not a movie for adults. So what is it? A "family" movie? Or just an alternative to the "super" crud that Hollywood dishes out. I'm not sure. As a guy approaching twenty and a sucker for art, I loved the movie. But I did find some of the material I mentioned above truly inappropriate for youngsters. But why put it in?
Also, the villain in the film uses a lot of magic and "evil forces" to wreak havoc, and this may be disturbing or offensive to some people, but understanding it's just a cartoon movie with a fantasy plot, I personally don't find it a dangerous thing. And, about Elton John's half-a-dozen songs in the movie, I must say... why? They didn't help, and I just looked forward to them being over with each one, and basically looked at each one as a sign that there is one-less song now on the list to be played. Elton is no Phil (Collins, for last year's Tarzan -- and I don't even like secular music!)
In summary, the movie was good. It isn't really a kids movie due to the minor sexually-implied material & language, but it was very entertaining, and a nice change from what Hollywood's been dishing out so far this year. Even with the objectionables in consideration I still have to give Eldorado a 3 out of 5.- John DiBiase, (reviewed: 4/1/00)
Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not exclusively on content. However, if the content really affects the reviewer's opinion and experience of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's overall rating.
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