| Tagline: They came for the gold... they stayed for the
statement is just about the only lame thing about The Road to El Dorado.
I found myself
laughing aloud a lot, sometimes without meaning to. Maybe I was just in the
mood for it, but TRTED had some funny stuff in it, with a fast paced, low-key
plot and animation design reminiscent of the glorious Fifties.
Tulio and Miguel, dicey con-men, go to the New
World on sort of an escapist bent. Upon arrival in the jungles city of the
titular quest, they set about being gods to the humble warrior inhabitants.
Hanging about in El Dorado, planning to steal the gold and sail back to Spain,
waiting for the construction of a boat to carry the loot, they disrupt the
normal flow of sacrifice and mayhem, and make an enemy.
Tzekel-Kan, and expert in false gods, attends
to their undoing - setting forces in motion that lead to his own. But you knew
that would happen, right?
The relationship between
Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline was nicely appointed. Makes you think they were
in the room together when they acted this, but as we all know from Toy Story
and the long-distance in time and space relationship between Tim Allen and Tom
Hanks, it ain't necessarily so. Expression, interplay, tension - all of these
were handled very well. And that is what makes a difference for the grown-ups
who will have to sit through this now and until the end of time as we know
El Dorado does
not have any bloodshed in it at all, which is fine, but there is danger in a
strange land. Maybe a little intense, but nothing really objectionable to
kiddies who have some PARENTAL GUIDANCE, hint hint. Overall, surprisingly
un-PC. I was all set to experience a complete trashing of Cortez and the
Spanish conquerors, not that they don't need it, and they were depicted as
being very not-very-nice, but their total on-screen time was about 35 seconds.
Not a lot of conflict there. And determined menace does not always equate to
They did not
delve into the horrors of the conquests, the genocides and all that other
stuff, nor did they belabor the fact that the Spaniards did their share of it,
too, besides the natives.
Have they abandoned, at least temporarily, the
grand PC soapbox that has so vexed the entertainment end of films like
Pocahontas, et al?
As long as Elton
John is singing and the characters are dancin' it really doesn't make any
|We don't got to
these movies for history lessons, do we?
We go to the Internet.
|Here is link to a set of links to mysteries of ancient
lands. Look at the "Tests of the Lords of Death" in
|Same site, parent page.
Tenochtitlan (Now Mexico City), but I did not find any references to him and El
Pizarro's name came up in coincidence with it,
but who knows.
|For background, a nicely composed paper on
The Old World sort of saw the
New World like this. And who can blame them? What with inquisition, plagues,
etc. Our history is fraught with visions of greener grass.
| Main Cast
|Edward James Olmos