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Encanto 2021

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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

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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.

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Shout by Jim222001
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2021-11-30T00:56:47Z— updated 2022-01-09T17:48:00Z

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.

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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.

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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.

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Shout by Louise
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2021-12-27T10:42:52Z— updated 2022-01-13T13:34:01Z

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.

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The music is the best part of the movie, Luisa's song is my favorite song.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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what a silly little rat man

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this is definitely the most i’ve cried at a movie. a little too relatable.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Wonderful. Just wonderful. A beautiful story, lush visuals and catchy songs.

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Shout by Keldian
2021-12-31T14:49:42Z— updated 2022-01-03T00:26:51Z

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.

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"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.

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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.

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Boring, boring, boring… by the way… arepas ARE NOT Colombian. What a waste of time.

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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.

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Old people and putting expectations on everyone else unknowingly. Repeats every generation.

Story was predictable but enjoyable.

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Shout by Pro Evo
2021-12-27T13:39:05Z— updated 2021-12-29T10:48:14Z

I'd give this an 5/10. It's kinda ok, just found it quite underwhelming.

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Shout by Vitor Moreira
2021-12-27T03:04:43Z— updated 2021-12-28T23:32:37Z

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

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Very enjoyable and good for kids.

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A Magical musical movie loved this

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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.

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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.

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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

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3 Thoughts After Watching ‘Encanto’:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :

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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.

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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.

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Another nice Disney movie. The music was definitely the highlight here.

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Overhyped dribble churned out for the masses

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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.

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Encanto

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.

6/10

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amazing visuals and music as usual. well, the storyline could have been better. especially the climax. 7.5/10

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Turned it off after 15 mins. Not my bag baby. Seemed kinda boring.

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Songs are really great, animation is also okay, but the story is nothing special.

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colorful but immemorial. conflict and magic are weak

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I really liked the story and the characters but I absolutely hated every song

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A wonderful feel good film with a mostly coherent message. The soundtrack is good too!

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Shout by Erebos
2021-12-24T21:31:12Z— updated 2022-01-18T18:10:35Z

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.

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Enjoyable enough and the songs weren’t as annoying as I thought they might be.

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