So We’re Gonna Talk About “Encanto”

On Nov. 24, 2021, Disney’s “Encanto” officially made it into theaters. It quickly became popular when released to Disney+ one month later on Dec. 24. It got so popular that one of the many catchy songs from the movie, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” was seated second on The Billboard Hot 100. 

Encanto follows the Colombian family, the Madrigals, where almost everyone in the family has a certain magical power. Some have super strength, super hearing, shapeshifting, weather manipulation, and more. Mirabel, the movie’s main character, is the only child of the family to have not been given a “gift” or magical blessing at the age of 5. As the movie progresses, Mirabel finds out that she is the only one who can save her family and their magic and must find a way to keep the miracle from burning out.

This movie covers multiple issues facing families such as generational trauma, loneliness, loss of loved ones, being the black sheep of the family, and realizing that not every family is perfect. This film also does a fantastic job of addressing these issues while keeping it a light-hearted Disney movie. The songs, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sebastián Yatra, are phenomenal. Miranda’s, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” I believe, is “Encanto”’s signature song as it talks about the black sheep of the Madrigal family, Bruno, and has a creative approach to including multiple family members’ perspectives and expressing their problems with him. Seriously, this song is very catchy and will get stuck in your head. 

In my opinion, this movie is amazing and I really liked it. As a side note, I’m not a huge fan of Disney, but this movie was very entertaining and well worth the hour and forty-nine minutes. The cast did a great job recording and acting out their lines despite the fact that they were all separate due to COVID-19. 

All in all, everyone did a great job with this movie and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who can relate to the broad range of family topics mentioned or is simply just a fan of Disney. You can watch this magical movie in theaters or on Disney+.