Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Is a Magical Good Time TechRadar
“Encanto” from Walt Disney Animation Studios is a new musical and fantasy film set in the Colombian mountains.
The story focuses on the Madrigals, a family who live together in a magical house. The house, also known as “Encanto”, blesses and protects this family with magic. At a certain age, all children in the Madrigal family are gifted with mystical gifts that grant them unique powers which they use to help the nearby town.
One of the family members, Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz, “Brooklyn 99”), has been given no powers, which makes her feel like an outcast, despite being generous, diligent and loyal to her loved ones. Through a series of events, Mirabel discovers that her family magic might be in jeopardy, and that sets up the rest of the plot.
“Encanto” is filled with the whimsy and fantasy elements that Disney is known for, and it delivers in terms of storytelling, visuals, great voice work, and music. The cast of this film is well chosen and their voices match the various personalities of their characters.
Since the music is a major feature of the movie, it’s no surprise that the song sequences are enjoyable and all the songs feature great visuals. Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of the historic musical “Hamilton,” also created the soundtrack for “Encanto.” The most notable song was undoubtedly “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, which has been viewed 93 million times on Disney’s music YouTube channel.
While the plot may not be quite as grand as other epic storylines in past Disney films, given that the entire setting is essentially set in a relatively small mountain valley, it still has a way of engulfing viewers into the magical realism of Colombia’s scenic beauty. famous for. There’s no traditional Disney “villain” or conflict, which could lead to a lack of emotional reward.
The film’s conflict also resolves itself at the end, and the danger never really feels imminent. On the other hand, it was refreshing to see a movie that focuses on internal conflict rather than an external force.
Family relationships are a major feature of the film which is beautifully captured in the relationship between Maribel and her Abuela (María Cecilia Botero, “La Bruja”) and the sibling angst between her older sister Isabella (Diane Guerrero, “Orange is the New noir “).
The concept of large families living together can relate to many audiences, especially in many Latino/Hispanic homes. The Madrigals are a very big family, and the viewer learns how big they are in the song “The Family Madrigal”, but despite this, each character has a chance to shine.
Other family members who may not have as much screen time are not overlooked, which often happens in movies and TV shows. The characters in “Encanto” are given memorable lines and action sequences that play up the importance of the plot at different points in the film.
Overall, it’s nice to see Disney making a film about a diverse Colombian family with a young woman as the protagonist. “Encanto” is a film with various messages ranging from learning about love to valuing and reconnecting with family. It is a film that brings heart, magic and great emotions to the audience. For Walt Disney’s 60th animated film, this artwork shows exactly what the studio is capable of in the future.