Comment on A True Gem More People Should Know About: The Road to El Dorado by DanS

Sunday, June 17 2018

“We’re in barrels, that’s the extent of my knowledge.”
Saw it fifteen years ago and I can still remember lines from the movie. Underrated I agree. June 17, 2018 at 8:11 am
Whenever someone in my house starts a sentence off with “apparently,” someone fills in “El Dorado is native for great. Big. Rock.”
When we were taking one of my daughters to college the first time, we drove through an area that had a number of quarries. One of them was Eldorado Stone Company (it has since been taken over by another company). We’d like to believe the person who named the company was a fan of the film.
The banter between Kline and Branagh in this film is top quality. danithebooknerd says:
I. Love. This. Movie. My brother and I are both in the back half of our 20s and STILL quote it. We annoy other family members with how much we love this movie. Matt McIrvin says: June 17, 2018 at 10:51 am
My favorite Dreamworks movie is Megamind . It’s not a movie that anyone would expect to be good–it was overshadowed by Despicable Me , a movie with ostensibly similar themes (but which was actually very different), coming out the same year. Megamind is really a superhero-themed romantic comedy, and its strength is that it has surprisingly deftly constructed characters. I remember hearing that the script was actually shopped around as a live-action rom-com aimed at adults, and I think it shows.
How To Train Your Dragon is great too, though. June 17, 2018 at 11:50 am
I think I enjoyed it years ago too.
But it’s received some heated criticism for making light of the context of genocide of native peoples, as well as other problems. Greg says: June 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Its a cute movie.
There are a few cringeworthy scenes though. Basically, the natives are complete buffoons to fall for their nonsense, the chief then lets on that he knew but played along for… i was never clear as to why… and the high priest is a cardboard bloodythirsty savage, while the rest of the tribe are noble savages. Oh, sure, they sacrifice human lives to the gods, but they’re actually good, kind, sensible people… ?
Also, the protagonists switch to “do the right thing” didnt quite make up for all the trouble they caused and could have caused.
On the other hand, I now see where the intelligent horse “Max” in “Tangled” came from. Greg says:
“How to Train Your Dragon ” actually has one of the more sophisticated and morally complex plots compared to a lot of recent movies. And its fun to watch.
“Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile” makes me laugh every time. M.A. says: