Friday, August 3, 2018

Review: The Road to El Dorado

There are some movies that it seems like you always mean to see, but year go by, and. you just kinda miss them. And when they're popular movies, and you're on the internet, you get a certain level of familiarity with them, without ever having seen them.

The Road to El Dorado was, for me, one of those movies. But, I've now seen it, and I (mostly) enjoyed it! It was a lot of fun seeing those two rogues fumble their way through their adventure. I appreciated that neither the chief nor the high priest really thought (for long) that they were actually gods, but were totally willing to go with it as long as it advanced their own agendas.

And let's not forget Chel (Rosie Perez), whose sass and spunk not only saved those two, but allowed her to take life on, on her own terms. She was FANTASTIC.

The music though. Sir Elton was really phoning it in on this one. The songs weren't good to begin with, and they felt shoehorned in in a way that was completely unnecessary, to the detriment of the movie. Given the impressive cast, it's a shame that it wasn't better. I mean, seriously; Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos, Jim Cummings... the talent here deserved better.

The story itself was okay.

All in all I'm glad I've seen it, but I doubt I'll be re-watching it anytime soon.

Though there is this one lasting bit of the movie that has stuck in my brain...

I haven't been able to get it out of my head. So, I did what had to be done, and started carving up some pink foam... But more on that later.

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