Movie review: ENCANTO (2021): New Disney movie about Colombian girl shines brightly
Encanto (2021) Movie Review, a movie realized by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise castro Black-smith and featuring Stephanie Beatriz, Married Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, Caroline Gaitan, Diane Guerrero, Wilmer Valderrama, Rhenzy Feliz, Ravi Cabot Conyers, Adassa, Maluma, Juan Castano, Sarah-Nicole Robles and Hector Elias.
Encanto is Disney’s 60th animated film, and it’s one of the studio’s most groundbreaking films. An ambitious project with characters on several levels, Encanto is easy to appreciate but difficult to analyze perfectly on a single visualization. There are so many rich details in the characterizations and the script that it becomes difficult to predict what will happen throughout the film. It’s no surprise that several screenwriters are credited for working on the screenplay and it shows. There is so much detail and originality embodied every moment in Encanto.
In the most touching moments of the image, the film features the truly original character of Mirabel (voiced by Stéphanie Beatriz), a Colombian teenager with no “gift” in a family full of gifted heroes. Mirabel is a character a bit like Merida from Courageous or Elsa or Anna from Frozen in that Mirabel will most likely inspire plush toys and video games thanks to its smart and sweet character. She is one of the most famous Disney heroines of all time with her big eyes, glasses and dark curly hair. She feels ordinary even though she is anything but ordinary as a character. Young girls will certainly identify with this very intelligent and driven character.
This film captures a lot of different themes in its story. A very effective character is that of Luisa (the voice of Jessica Darrow) who her friends and family ask to do many physically difficult tasks, such as moving heavy objects from one place to another. This character resonated the most with me among the secondary characters in the film. On the one hand, we still depend on it and, most of the time, we take it for granted. When she loses her power, she feels a little less like a person. This is because of the fact that the Madrigal family that the film portrays are used to living a good life but certainly not a perfect one. Mirabel thinks she hasn’t lived a good life because of her lack of “gift”, but she’s about to learn some very important life lessons as the film progresses.
There is a character in the film who is part of the extended family in the film and this female character seems to be living an enchanted life. She almost looks like a real princess and her character name is Isabela (the voice of Diane Guerrero). When she’s about to be proposed by the perfect guy who really isn’t that perfect for her, that’s when the central story of the film kicks in as Mirabel’s relationship with Isabela is put to the test for reasons that I will not reveal here.
Mirabel and Isabela’s relationship looks a lot like Elsa and Anna’s in Frozen except upside down. In the original version Frozen, Elsa was ashamed of her powers and it damaged her relationship with Anna who loved her yet. Isabela had the power to grow flowers at the start of the film but Mirabel had no power yet Isabela is somewhat angry with Mirabel who, in a hysterical scene, seeks a hug from Isabela to secure their family bond. These characters in the new film are well-written and unique despite having obvious but slight similarities to the daughters of Frozen.
In the middle of the film, the story of a man whose unpredictable visions of the future have challenged Mirabel and her family for a long time is projected. It is Uncle Bruno de Mirabel (voiced by the always reliable John Leguizamo) who now lives far from his family with a bunch of lone rats far away from them. Mirabel and her uncle Bruno form another strong bond as the film continues to progress and creates a very believable friendship.
Maria Cecilia Botero voices Abuela Alma who lost her husband but saved her children and grew up raising them with results which turned out to be very different from what she expected. Abuela Alma is another strong central figure who has an interesting relationship with Mirabel as the two seem to underestimate each other. There are a lot of touching moments between these two characters towards the film’s conclusion.
Lin-Manuel Miranda composed the songs for the film and they move the picture forward at a rapid pace, entertaining audiences throughout a very complicated plot that is ultimately well put together at the end of the film. This movie will appeal to families throughout the holiday season and may even bring families together in ways they never thought possible. The film is ultimately about the strength of family and that indestructible bond that can lead families even through the most difficult times. It is recommended.
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