Being a Colombian I can tell you that it was set in a perfect way.The colors, the cultural diversity, the music that represents us, the typical foods, the personalities, everything. You could even say that the background on the violence is very well done. In Colombia we have a big problem that is forced internal displacement, so much so that we are the number one country in this. The fact that they gave a few little moments about this conflict ... brought me to tears, but I really appreciate it.It is the perfect tribute to my beautiful land. I loved it.In addition, I feel that it is very easy to connect with the characters and give each one a little development, considering that there are so many.I have a little criticism for the movie though. I feel like a little more explanation was needed as to why Mirabel could not receive the miracle when she was a child and the specific reason why Casita was cracking. Maybe they could make it a bit longer to explain this, but overall I liked it.
Pd: Lin Manuel Miranda never disappoints, I'm his fan 4eveeeeer
I think the message of the movie is rendered more important and urgent by the fact that so many adults simply don’t get it.
The story is beautifully told, but in a society obsessed with being successful the metaphor about the gifts flies over most heads.
A cute movie but the more forgettable from Disney this year. Definitely shouldn’t win best animated film. It’s mostly just loud and sort of uneven. With Mirabei randomly bonding with family members.I have seen the movie again since then and it has grown on me more.
Like a forgettable Thanksgiving dinner, there was a lot going on but not as much drama as you expected.
This is basically a soundtrack album because there are a lot of decent songs but there isn't really any conflict. In the absence of a 'bad guy', the film lacks grandeur and stakes. Each problem that pops up is resolved in a couple of minutes so there is little here to hold the interest of anyone who's successfully graduated puberty.
The best that can be said about this movie is that it has... "charm." But for the most part it seems like a loose repetition of already known elements: songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda that seem taken from "In the Heights", the colorful design that we have seen in "Moana"... But compared to the other Latin Disney movie, "Coco" (2017), is much less creative and the absence of a clear antagonist flattens the story too much.
[7.9/10] We have so many stories about the burden of being the chosen one. Everything from Harry Potter to Buffy Summers to Avatar Aang delves into the burden of carrying the world on your shoulder as the fabled champion. It’s a good thing, to humanize those fighting against a supernatural evil, make them recognizably human despite their heroic poses and incredible gifts.
But Encanto explores something rarer -- the burden of not being the special one, of feeling like you have something to give the world even if you haven’t been blessed by the divine or fate or random chance with the abilities of your fellow men and women. The movie celebrates the self-made miracles that follow in the wake of those individuals, who likewise struggle with self-doubt and certain hurts, but who also do the hard work of making things better without the magical boosts the chosen ones have in tow.
The center of the story is a young woman named Mirabel, the lone powerless member of the magical Madrigal family. Since her abuela first discovered the titular “encanto” (or enchantment), every Madrigal child received a wonderful “special gift” when they came of age. It could be super-hearing or the ability to speak to animals or even the power of prophecy. But whatever the gift, the family uses their collective talents to help build and protect their town.
The film is, effectively, a tug of war between Mirabel, who feels left out of the family due to the encanto mysteriously skipping her, and her grandmother, who is fiercely devoted to holding the family, the miracle, and the home and town both fuel, together at any cost. Mirabel labors to do good, to contribute, despite being the lone non-magical Madrigal under their roof. And Abuela Alma pressures everyone in the family, including herself, to use their powers to the peak of their potential in order to be worthy of the mysterious gifts they’ve received.
It’s a potent metaphor for the story of so many immigrant families. The older generation is acutely aware of the sacrifices necessary to scrape together what their family has, so well-meaning parents and older relatives push their progeny to climb higher, do better, to hold onto it and be worthy of their blessings. The younger generations, in turn, can mean well but crack under that pressure, feeling as though they’re not good enough or that if they stumble, even a little, they’ll be letting “the family” down. The resolution of those two sides, the harmony it finds in intergenerational understanding, is Encanto’s greatest strength.
But hey, the pure aesthetics and artistry of the presentation aren’t bad either! The family dynamics Encanto deploys are universal, but it’s a devotedly Colombian movie. Along with other recent Disney animated films, that cultural specificity gives it a greater flavor and a rich tradition to pull from when filling in the corners of its world. The colors, architecture, flora, fauna, food, and dance all have a distinctive flair, which make the movie an inviting and enervating experience.
To that end, the studios’ animators continue to outdo themselves. There’s an incredible amount of expression in the movements of Mirabel and her family, whether they’re salsaing or arguing or heaving donkeys around. In both traditional music numbers set within the heightened (and radiant) reality of the film, and in more impressionistic numbers with fantastical representations of the characters’ wishes and anxieties, the directors and animators catch the eye with fabulous movements and inventive imagery. As pure visual expression, the movie wows.
The same goes for the music. With original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, there’s an almost effortless sense of high quality melody and verse at play. Miranda’s trademarks, with fast-talking verbiage and a cacophony of parts stacked on top of one another, return here with the composer’s usual alacrity. But so too does his ability to stir the soul, in inspirational tunes and sentiments that could come off saccharine were the craft not so good and the harmonies not so piercing. The artist remains Disney’s cheat code, with songs that soar nearly as well as those in the Miranda-assisted Moana.
That film scans as Encanto’s closest predecessor, another tale of a young woman finding her place in the hierarchy of her family and village, grappling with how she differs from expectations. The film pulls from other pieces of Disney history, with a second act sequence that evokes the Cave of Wonders escape from Aladdin, and a delightful living house character that feels of a piece with Beauty and the Beast. But it’s Moana, with its similar musical stylings, comparable visual flair, and lack of a villain in favor of reconciliation and self-actualization, that proves the closest analogue.
And yet, in its own way, Moana is also a chosen one story, while Encanto marks new territory for the House of Mouse, in exploring how those less “burdened by glory” can still make the grandest contributions. In the end, Mirabel not only unravels the mystery (more or less) of what her missing uncle Bruno prophesied, but discovers that the family members she envied for their abilities struggle just as much as she does to live up to expectations, in a way that went unseen by their abuela. It reconnects her with the family members she bristled with or otherwise felt apart from.
More than that, though, when the miracle does fail, when the family home does crumble, when the town they support does crack, it’s Mirabel who gives everyone the strength to rebuild it, magic or no magic. In the absence of those gifts, she learned to be strong without it, to rely on herself, on hard work and empathy, to make the difference, which turns out to be exactly what the family needs. The town, rather than turning on the Madrigal, comes to help in the effort, completing the “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” sensibility of the fable.
In the effort, Abuela Alma recognizes that Mirabel is the miracle, that her children and grandchildren matter far more as who they are than the gifts that they bear. It’s a lovely, life-affirming sentiment, where both generations truly see one another and recognize both their mutual struggles and the good intentions behind them.
The Madrigal family that reunites under a new banner is a slightly scrappier one, falling short of the standards of perfection both chosen ones and immigrant families hold themselves to. But it is also one which is more whole and full of acceptance, where all of the cousins and kin are allowed to relax and express themselves, where those who remain unblessed by the supernatural or fated still find ways to be extraordinary.
Watched this without expecting anything because as much as possible, I try to refuse reading reviews and since a lot of people are already spoiling it on TikTok, I decided to just watch it and OMG I am so glad I did! I have a lot of good things to discuss about this film and one of which is the animation since of course, it's an animation film and also, a PIXAR film. I recently watched LOCO and Disney never fails to provide us a better animation each time they release a new animation film!
I love the concept in which if we look at it technically, the setting is basically just within their community BUT because of their magical house, it brought us to wonderful different locations! The color is sooo beautiful and my favorite character by far is actually Isabela! I just loveee the part where she finally starts to realize that she isn't being true to herself and I just find the scene where she grew a cactus instead of roses so deep because personally, that's how I portray my life right now that I always seek validation from other people and that I am not allowed to make mistakes because of the expectations I set to myself from other people. The scene where her hair color changes and her clothes, omg it's just so beautiful! .
Let's not forget the songs in the movie as well. By far, my favorite was Surface Pressure! I love love that song and the meaning it has. It was really catchy and even hearing the songs once, it can kinda stuck in your head for a while.
I would say that this film was very timely and that this is really good not just for kids to watch this film but for adults as well because of the message it just wants to give. I also love the fact that the lead character doesn't have any powers and everyone around her does so for most of the movie, she just feels like she's not special and that everyone around her was given a purpose. You know some kids might think that maybe they're not special just because they can't do what their classmates can do or something like that. You get it but the point is, kids and adults can highly relate to this because of the different stories each character has.
I just knew that I was wrapped up in the story when I realize that I'm more than halfway through the story already but it felt like it's not yet even halfway. I really recommend this film. I do hope people, especially parents to check this out.
Will your family really accept you for you? Those who visibly cannot conform to their family's expectations are rejected and the rest run themselves ragged trying to hide their perceived flaws from each other. I could go on forever on how Encanto uses the magic powers as metaphors for the generational pressure/family dynamics, and wow if it didn't hit hard!
Visually beautiful, interesting characters and great songs. Unfortunately parts of it are too reminiscent of other recent Disney animations for it to truly stand out. EDIT: I do think a second watch brings out the absolute best of the story (raised my score from 8 to 9) but really shouldn't have been necessary.
The music is the best part of the movie, Luisa's song is my favorite song.
Ever since the "We Don't Talk About Bruno" song became popular, I've been dying to see this film; after all, I love Disney films, and everyone I knew couldn't stop talking about the songs, about the characters, about the storyline. However, after officially seeing the film, I'm not exactly impressed.
The storyline was all right, and I understood it perfectly, but I think it's the emotional abuse towards Mirabel that really affected me. Every single person in the family wasn't behaving nicely to her, except her parents and perhaps Antonio, but while they all change at the end and realise their mistakes, it could not change my perspective on the film.
I like the fact that, by the end, all of the characters you thought were wrong change for good and learn that love is what saves the day, especially when it comes to your family, but did it really take so long to realise that? All these years, everybody looked down on Mirabel because she didn't have a special power like them, and only now did they realise she was the one who 'saves the family'. It seemed... predictable. But in the end, every animated show is about love and kindness, just as this film proves it.
The songs were probably my favourite thing about this film. The opening song, the song about the family, sung by Mirabel, was incredibly catchy, and I adored the "We Don't Talk About Bruno" song, hence its popularity. The rest of the songs were all right, but these two stood out for me the most, and they're the reason why my rating isn't too low.
In the end, I think it's a lovely film with a sweet message and a sweet storyline, but it didn't click for me, it didn't fit me, and that's why I give it three stars out of five.
Both times I watched it, it felt rushed and shallow. But it's so beautiful and funny, and the songs are so good and the characters so captivating, that I fall in love everytime and end up wanting to watch it again.
I loved this! Vibrant colors, exciting scenes and interesting characters. I would have loved to get more in depth with each character, but maybe they'll spin it into a tv show or sequels. Anyways, it was really well done and has a very good message.
Bright, colorful, and great animation... and what felt like 5 hours of singing that is really hard to understand and really ruined the movie.
I don't know who the target audience is... kids won't really get it. The songs are totally forgettable. This adult hates five hours of singing in movies.
Saw a preview on Tuesday 11/16/2021 with the family. We all enjoyed the movie but came to an agreement about what was lacking: a coherent story. This is a shame since it's Disney but, as you've seen with movies like Frozen, there is a departure from the classic villain.
Simply put, the story of Encanto is about a magical house that initiates members of the big family that live there with magical gifts. One gets strength, another can heal (with arepas, yum!), and so on. Mirabel (the main character) though, does not receive a gift from the house and this seems to be the plot. But, the house starts cracking and falling apart (which means the magic is dying), so now Mirabel must save the magic (and she considers this "getting her gift").
At the end, we were all confused about the plot (what was pursued after and gained by the main character). We understood the message: "you don't need a special gift to be special" but it was a dud.
Encanto is a lovely movie that fails just a bit short on the way to being an instant classic.
The animation is top notch. That surely doesn't surprise anyone, but I really got the feeling the animators were flexing their skills with this movie. Many characters, but especially the protagonist, Mirabel, are dressed with big, floofy, flowing dresses that are just mesmerizing to look at. And Mirabel's hair! Incredibly well done. Since Tangled, Disney has nailed the animation aspect of hair. Honestly, they got everything right, from the fur of the animals to the light blonde hair on the characters' skin.
The whole scenery is also amazing to look at. I'm not Colombian myself (or Latino for that matter), but I've been told from someone who is that it really looks like a place in Colombia, from the way the mountains around look, to the style of the houses of the town.
The characters are honestly where this movie fails a bit short for me. They're all lovely, but since there is so many of them, they're not really that fleshed out. They feel shallow and one-dimensional, like they're there just to fill a bit of screentime instead of being functional to the story.
Speaking of the story, I really liked the premise of it. It started strong and it gripped me right away, but after a while I felt like it was missing a purpose a bit. Every time there was a conflict, it was almost immediately resolved, almost rushed. I liked that they did a movie without an obvious villain, though. It is a breath of fresh air. No evil character out for world domination, just the struggle of a family.
Of course, I have to say something about the songs. I enjoyed them a lot! Especially the introductory one and _We don't talk about Bruno" have been stuck in my head since I finished watching the movie. But they are all pretty catchy, though I have to say I didn't enjoy the choreography of all of them.
In conclusion, Encanto is a very enjoyable movie that I can recommend to any Disney fan. It has its funny moments and the more serious ones as well, like you would expect for Disney.
what a silly little rat man
this is definitely the most i’ve cried at a movie. a little too relatable.
Heard a lot about this movie so my expectations where insanely high and met. A touching, emotional tale of a family that I know a lot of people can recognize pieces of their own in. I could find myself in more than one character and I cried a LOT. The song Luisa sings hit me unexpectedly hard. Other than being an emotional rollercoaster the movie is also beautifully made. So many colors, a delight to watch. I was in awe of how the visuals where done, one of the prettiest animated movies I've seen.
Like most Disney movies this one had some greattttt songs! All I want to do is talk about Bruno to be honest!
A disney animation! I haven't watched one in a while but this one was heartwarming (by the end of the movie) and I can actually relate to some of the character's worries.
Abuela was just afraid of losing her home and family just like how she lost her husband. She always have this "everything needs to be perfect" mindset which makes everyone pressured including herself, thus slowly tearing the family a part. It's also the reason why the casita is self destructing and the magic is slowly fading away.
This is where Maribel comes in. She's like a glue that holds the family together. She's there to remind them that it's okay to feel vulnerable, it's okay not to be special, and it's okay to be just who you are. Maribel didn't receive a gift from the engcanto because i believe that her personality, attitude, and mindset /is/ the gift that the Madrigal's need.
I just loved this movie so much! Triggered triggers in me that I didn't even know I had. The movie lasts 1h40min and I cried for 2 hours non-stop. Which leads me to think that maybe I have family traumas that I should deal with in therapy.
Wonderful. Just wonderful. A beautiful story, lush visuals and catchy songs.
Disney Animation Studio's mediocre attempt at a "Coco". A woke superhero family with a magic candle and a live house, probably Disney's most boneheaded premise since Brother Bear. A story so empty they had to fill it with like 20 annoying songs that use some of the worst current Pop trends and you want to fast forward through. House tragically broken but gets rebuilt to identical specs in what looks like two hours tops, and the movie ends with everything being right back to where it started.
"we don't talk about this thing" proceeds with complete song and dance about this thing. Not the worst thing I've watched recently. The main protagonist is likeable, which is a hard thing to achieve these days it seems. I love the setting but wish the songs were more appropriate to the location this is set in. Speaking of songs, I can't stand musicals so the songs weren't for me. Especially since so many of the songs involving the main character slowing down time, which made me think she did have a power. Defeating the purpose of why she's special. I do however love the animation, and especially the design of this movie. It's one of the first animated movies I've seen that has a cartoony style and still have sub-surface scattering and even some ray tracing (especially when the weather girl is on screen). And the movements are never out of the realm of possibilities. The set and clothing designs are excellent. The whole thing still has that annoying mouth movement/facial expression that's been normalised by Pixar. I wish they'd do something different for a change.
I've seen a surprising number of comments about wanting to know more about why Mirabel didn't get a door/Gift. The film explained that just fine. Mirabel's "Gift" was that she was unburdened by not having one, it gave her the vision to see the problems from the outside. She was, in essence, the human extension of the Casita itself - as proven by the ending.
As far as I'm aware, I have no Latin blood in me, but for some reason stories from these cultures resonate on a level others don't. I love every second of this film and I really appreciate this film for its message. It's a surprisingly adult message and I won't if this will fall into the same under-appreciated section of Disney & Disney Pixar as Monsters University, which had a related message (I know Encanto is just Disney, just grouping the studios for comparison). You don't need to be perfect.
It was such a lovable movie, I loved how the gifts correlated to familial archetypes, the songs were so catchy and fun. Having family from Latin America I saw members of my family in each character especially abuelita and how she pushes unrealistic expectations onto her family believing it is out of love and for the greater good. Seeing all the different ways the family members express their love for the family especially Bruno was so heart touching because I have seen all those scenarios within members of my family. The songs also felt so natural, music is such a big part of Latin America and everyone from such a background can tell stories of the older family members randomly breaking into song or dance especially in the kitchen or while cleaning. The essence of the movie was on point the colors were gorgeous and the playful camera angels. My only issue is that the plot itself felt half baked? Like I was like 'oh that's it?' I loved the reconciliation of the grandma and the family needing to unite , but it just felt like something else was missing. The climax didn't feel like the climax. I left wanting more more more especially with other characters who barely got screen time. I hope this gets another movie or a series? Maybe even continued in book form. The run time was also awfully short for how ambitious it was do maybe that had to do with it feeling half baked? Longer run time would equal more time with characters and higher stakes? more emotional attachment? Either way I'm not even mad at the what ifs, the movie for what it is is amazing and such a fun watch! It's a feel good movie where you can turn your mind off and just vibe with the environment and songs! It's an inspiring movie, a movie where Latin American families can point to the screen and be like that's me. Thats my mom, that's my family. I love my family. It is just a movie of love.
Boring, boring, boring… by the way… arepas ARE NOT Colombian. What a waste of time.
Encanto is better than I initially expected it to be. It has lots of charm, the songs actually contribute to the story. Usually I despise Disney's tendency to provide some singing under any circumstances.
It's still "only" a 7/10 because the climax of the story couldn't keep up with the excellent rest. The general story buildup was great too though, as it left much room for the characters to develop depth.
Old people and putting expectations on everyone else unknowingly. Repeats every generation.
Story was predictable but enjoyable.
I'd give this an 5/10. It's kinda ok, just found it quite underwhelming.
the movie is good, but something was missing. the script is kind of confusing and without climax, besides the characters are poorly developed, I wanted to see more of the rest of the family, mainly from Bruno, who should be more like a second protagonist. the songs are great and the animation is so beautiful. far from being a bad movie but it ends up being forgettable, i hope they make a series about the madrigal family
Very enjoyable and good for kids.
A Magical musical movie loved this
We don't talk about Bruno.. no, no, no! This movie has a very sharp message for how much is going on. It's easy to miss the main message of the movie- which I thought was "You are special with and without 'Gifts', but be proud of the gifts you have as well" Or something along those lines. I also feel like the way they conveyed the message was a bit more catired to teens.
Overall I loved it. It was colorful and beautiful, the story was great. I wish we would have seen more of the different characters though? We didn’t even get to know some of them.
It was also very weird how Abuela‘s realization came so… sudden. The sisters should have had a moment with her. I don’t think Mirabel‘s words would have been enough.
I also think it would have been better if they wouldn’t have gotten their gifts back.
Personally I didn’t like the songs that much, especially the first two songs were just bad, melodically all over the place, horrible lyrics. I changed the language to Spanish for the rest of the songs, because I figured maybe they were written in Spanish originally? Anyway, it sounded way better, not so clumsy.
Didn’t know what to expect with this film but I must confess I actually enjoyed it. More than I have the other recent Disney films. It has a great message about how everyone is different but special in their own way. The songs were pretty catchy and like coco it was full of colourful scenes. A nice way to spend Christmas Eve
3 Thoughts After Watching ‘Encanto’:
I wish I knew why Mirabel’s door disappeared in the beginning. Why her? I feel like that was never really explained. Does it even matter? It feels like the message of the film should be crystal clear, but just when I think I have it, I’m scratching my head again.
It was a super cute film! Loved the colors, the culture, the awesome array of characters. Loved the sentiments. My favorite part was probably the mystery and magic of the house… the ever-expanding rooms themed to each character. It was a fun setting for Mirabel’s adventure.
I’m on the fence about the music. Some tunes were really catchy and DIFFERENT for a Disney film, which was refreshing. But some of the songs were verrry “Lin Manuel” (unpopular opinion: not always the biggest fan of his music), particularly the ones that were a bit more “talky,” if that makes any sense at all.
Not as good as everyone hyped about it, everyone says lets not talk about Bruno tops the frozens let it go, i feel they should let that go because it wasn’t anything great or catchie or even rememberable but other than that, it had some magical moments and the animation was beautiful.
Wow WHAT A MISS-HIT. This is one of the weakest high budget animated movies I have seen. The dynamics were all over the place, the words hard to hear in the below average quality songs, very little to laugh at, the tension/drama was very lacking and all the whizz bang colours and dance seemed to be there to try make substance, but really it amounted to fluff... I absolutely love movies like Coco, which was a masterpiece... but this is a vacuous nothing. I gave it 2/10 because I chuckled at the expression of disappointment on the huge dog's face when the little boy told his dog not to eat the mice. Funny.
I loooooved this. I am not Colombian, but I am from the Caribbean, and so much of myself I saw. Representation matters! It was really beautiful!
And the message and music (while I have thoroughly outgrown Disney musical fare) made this a very heartwarming film. Being magical (in an Afro Caribbean way) the disaporic magical traditions are beautifully represented (much like Coco did before it for our ancestral veneration).
Representation really matters.
Finally, the animation is freaking exquisite. The modeling and texturing : chef’s kiss :
I found this was extremely well written, highly entertaining, clever, and quite hilarious. I am surprised at just how much I enjoyed this film! Felt a but rushed at the end but maybe that was me wanting more from the story.
Encanto is an incredibly overrated movie. Why this has such a huge fanbase, I will never know. That being said, it's still a good film.
I just never want to hear about Bruno ever again thanks to the fanbase.
Another nice Disney movie. The music was definitely the highlight here.
Overhyped dribble churned out for the masses
Boring & awful. Disney should really stop making these money machines and include some quality in their productions.They're lucky kids now would watch anything, but this is not the Disney I grew up with.
The music is the best thing about the film, the setting and colors are beautiful. Otherwise, not the best disney movie, but not the worst either, I still found it a cute movie.
amazing visuals and music as usual. well, the storyline could have been better. especially the climax. 7.5/10
Turned it off after 15 mins. Not my bag baby. Seemed kinda boring.
Songs are really great, animation is also okay, but the story is nothing special.
colorful but immemorial. conflict and magic are weak
I really liked the story and the characters but I absolutely hated every song
A wonderful feel good film with a mostly coherent message. The soundtrack is good too!
This was the most empathic, anti-boomer film Disney has ever made, and kudos to the filmmakers for that. It's a shame that most people didn't get it.The only criticism I have is that they didn't need to get their powers back in the end. I think a non-magical happy end would've reinforced the humanist message.
Enjoyable enough and the songs weren’t as annoying as I thought they might be.