Me encanta “Encanto”


Encanto movie poster

Harrison Covarrubias, Staff Reporter

Whether you are a Disney die-hard or simply someone who enjoys a good movie, you have probably seen, or at least heard about “Encanto.” The newest of Disney’s musical movies with songs written by renowned songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, this heartwarming film first came out in theaters on November 24, 2021, and was released onto Disney + a month later on December 24. 

About the Family Madrigal, a Colombian family granted with a miracle, “Encanto” showcases the effect that generational trauma can have on the pressure people place on themselves, how they view their own self worth, and how they treat others. 

After being displaced due to violence as a young woman, Abuela, head of the Family Madrigal, witnesses the miracle coming into existence firsthand. Not only does this miracle create a mountainous barrier and a “living” house, it also bestows magical gifts to the generations succeeding her. With newfound abilities ranging from emotions that control the weather to super-strength, each member of this family is held at incredibly high expectations by those who live in the town around them as well as Abuela. However when Mirabel, the main character of the film, does not receive a gift, Abuela begins to view her as the family’s disappointment. 

Our seemingly happy-go-lucky Mirabel is often hidden from the spotlight so that the other members of her family can “shine.” 

Eventually Mirabel stumbles upon some unsettling findings involving her home and the miracle within: it’s deteriorating. However, because she is constantly ignored and pushed to the side, no one in her family believes or acknowledges her warnings. This prompts her to search for a way to save the family’s miracle in order to finally prove her self-worth to those around her. On this journey, Mirabel learns about family secrets, finds predictions about the future, and even helps her sisters open up about the pressure they feel in their day-to-day lives. 

The film showcases how harmful mindsets can spread throughout entire families as a result of generational trauma. Whether it’s the need for perfectionism that Isabella struggles with or the pressure Luisa feels to take on everyone else’s struggles no questions asked, “Encanto” handles these topics and uses metaphors to its advantage as a means to get the point across. 

Personally, I felt this movie was very entertaining and well done overall. The only thing I felt was lacking was the “resolution” between Mirabel and Abuela at the end; however, since it is directed towards a younger audience to begin with, I am not too upset with the lack of true problem-solving. Either way, I highly recommend the film to those who have not seen it yet; the interesting story, unique characters, and incredibly catchy songs make for another good Disney movie. All in all, I’m just glad they somehow convinced Lin-Manuel Miranda not to voice Bruno.