Encanto is yet another wowing piece of work by Disney about a gifted(magic) wheeling family resident in Colombia, with an enchanting theme for a storyline and awestrucking musical to blend. Encanto gives peculiarity to a young heroine named Mirabel(Stefanie Beatriz) who of course come from a long line of ancient magic in the family of the Madrigals but somehow happens to be eluded of same and she struggles to decipher the mystery and find her superpower. Disney has always been dedicated to the call of making amazing plots that leaves viewers with a taint of feeling magical after over an hour eyes glued to a screen, from the dazzling creativity and blend of graphics, to the choicest songs that matches each scene that subtly draws your empathetic side, very typical of disney who seem to do so effortlessly over the years.
So in this new brilliant piece of Disney, “Encanto” the house of the Madrigal family has their traditions: and each young Madrigal that comes of age, gets gifted and a door to a new bedroom, an impossibly large and elaborately designed chamber themed around a special ability. This dates back years ago, when the Madrigal matriarch, Abuela Alma and her family fled from violence in their original town, and haad incurred a tragic loss, but all of a sudden, magic happened in a candle-like form granting the kids superpowers, this is the result of the frustrated and desperate cry of Abuela Alma. All spectacular in their ability, amongst them are shape-shifters, a healer, a seer, high-powered hearing or talking to animals to spinning flowers out of thin air, and more — and then there’s Mirabel, with a huge responsibility of preventing the worse laddened on her shoulders but with no physical magical powers except for her beautiful personality of being a good listener, empathetic and caring.
“Gift or no gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family,” she says
The animation is saddled with hued and energetic swirl of mobility, and fun due to the humor embedded in jokes and Miranda’s sings so diversely beautiful genres, traditional Disney ballads to reggaeton-inspired tunes, salsa, to Colombia’s finest rock star-shakira. There are times where you wish everything would slow down for a moment to allow time to get to know some of the supporting characters better, but the story of “Encanto” is refreshingly, and satisfyingly, swift and contained.
Even more spectacular are the costumes used-like the embroidery on skirts, the golden-brown crust of a native Colombian flora, giving due recognitio to the Latino culture in many dimensions, icluding the wether and environs. Their hairdo are equally enthralling, curly hairs, wavy hairs etc.
The directors, Jared Bush and Byron Howard, subtly incorporate an important political message into this movie pointing searchlights on displaced persons who build a home from scratch. Their history is the source of their magic, and they use that magic to selflessly improve their community, without yielding to the negativities of wielding such powers.
Encanto advocates hugely for family values as Mirabel tries her best to be a model for hers, allowing them to be all that they are, whatever that may be, and that does feel like the greatest gift of all.
“Encanto” is a film that might just send the needed thanksgiving message in 2021. “You have all you need to be all that you want to be” is the message Encanto spreads.