The road to El Dorado, the city of gold, is one heck of an anime movie that moves you through a story line so common, so direct and so full of fun that you forget ever reading and watching it more than a dozen times in other movies.
The movie is about two guys Tulio & Miguel, who are what I would call tricksters. They discover the existence of a Golden city and wish aloud to reach it. Fate gives them their desire albeit in a hidden way. At this point, I realize that it’s very rare for fate to give you what you want in just the way you expect it to come. I think fate just loves surprises. I think it’s a good thing too.
So, back to El Dorado, the movie and the city, the two tricksters reach it, and on their way, I mean through their predicaments they get a horse. If you recall Rapunzel, the horse plays a critical role in such movies. It is the silent observer. It sees how the protagonist falls in love with Chel and neglects friendship. It also sees how greed overwhelms love but for only a fraction of a second. The horse completes the narrative, filling in the spaces that words would not fill. It holds the expressions that we tend to ignore when they are written down.
What I love about the road to El Dorado is that it makes me laugh in the beginning, and that makes me forget the rest of the things that I was doing and move into the imaginary land of Eldorado. Again, the point of defeating the enemy comes out in very short bits. The enemy is a guy who is actually the voice of the gods, the ones whom the two protagonists are pretending to be part of. The other enemies are the army and the people back in Spain who wanted the blood of the two protagonists.
This is not a review of the movie; it’s just my two cents about what I picked. You can get a detailed review by checking out the main source of movie reviews and that is IMDB, which Amazon.com owns, just for FYI.