Review: Encanto

Campbell Helling, Copy

Disney’s latest movie, “Encanto,” directed by Byron Howard and Jaron Bush, features flamboyant music, an entertaining storyline and valuable life lessons. When I sat down to watch it, I was pleasantly surprised by the vibrant graphics and relatable main character, Mirabel. Regarding the plot, the Madrigal family received a magical second chance after a tragedy generations ago: their alive home and each member’s gifts. From flower-creation to extreme strength, the family uses their blessings to help out the surrounding town. This gift, given by a magical candle, begins wearing away. Mirabel, the only giftless member, vows to help the family and their home, setting off on an at-home adventure. 

Featuring the popular song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” I thought the music was alright overall. Some of the songs seemed forced into the plot, but most of them were catchy. One unique aspect that I enjoyed was that much of the music was sung in Spanish–different from every other English-speaking Disney film I’ve seen. I really appreciated the inclusion of other languages, especially since “Encanto’s” setting is in Columbia. 

In addition to the music, I also appreciated the lessons taught in the movie. I thought Mirabel was a positive role model; her courage and determination were certainly admirable. The film highlights the importance of realizing one’s self worth and that it doesn’t depend on strengths or weaknesses. The Madrigal family also teaches their viewers that vulnerability can be a strength, as well as the importance of loyalty and trust.

Overall, I give “Encanto” four anchors. Disney crafted yet another very entertaining and valuable film, with the only downside being the average music. It is important for viewers to have positive role models like Mirabel and learn a thing or two about life from the Madrigal family.