Encanto is Disney’s latest animated musical fantasy film. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, the animation is by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Bush wrote the screenplay along with Charise Castro Smith. The film stars Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Diane Guerrero, Maria Cecilia Botero, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, Wilmer Valderrama, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitán, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, and Ravi-Cabot Conyers.
The cinematography is by Nathan Warner (layout) and Alessandro Jacomini (lighting). Germaine Franco has composed the music, and the original songs are written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The duration of the film is 99 minutes.
The synopsis reads, “The film tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them—each child except Mirabel. But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope.”
Disney’s Encanto Review Contains No Spoilers
Encanto is based on the Madrigals family, known as the family of magic. Hidden in the mountains of Colombia, it is their magic that keeps the village alive and happy. Every member of the family is blessed with a special gift/power. The gift is necessary to keep the magic intact, which eventually protects their Casita and the village.
However, there’s one person who has no magical powers. But is magic all about doing extraordinary things? Is it the only factor that keeps the Madrigals together? We find out and experience everything in the Disney film.
There are many wonderful characters in Disney’s Encanto movie, one of them being Mirabel. Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stepanie Beatriz voices Mirabel, and her character has no magical powers. Yet, some magic within her changes the fate of her family. But that only happens once she realises her true potential and truly sees herself.
The first song in Encanto is sung by Mirabel (Stephanie), in which she introduces us to her family members and their powers. That’s one of the best character introductions I’ve seen in movies. It’s truly visible how much love Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith have put in the story. The cute sketching of the characters and the vibrancy of the Casita and village tease you of an overall wondrous experience.
Encanto starts incredibly well but loses its track a bit, just like Abuela (María Cecilia Botero). She’s Mirabel’s grandmother, the first from the Mirabel family to be blessed with magical gifts. Abuela is so much involved in protecting the legacy that she forgets to cherish the real gift life blessed her with. However, once Mirabel is on a saviour mission, the plot transfixes you again. Till the end, you root for Mirabel while enjoying some wonderful songs, familial bonds and emotions.
What makes the movie enchanting is not only the storytelling, but also its music. After all, it’s a musical resulting from the phenomenal work of composer Germaine Franco and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. Together, they’ve bewitched us with their tunes. My favourite songs are All Of You, The Family Madrigal, and Surface Pressure. The lyrics of Surface Pressure are deep, meaningful and every person will relate to it.
As a Disney fan, I have a lot of expectations from their movies. With Encanto, they have successfully evoked the emotions of joy, excitement, heartache, and love. The cinematography by Nathan Warner and Alessandro Jacomini and the lighting by Daniel Rice lit up the screen. It’s also the remarkable and fine animation by Walt Disney that appeals to the eyes. Along with Beatriz, voice actors John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama, Maluma, Adassa, María Cecilia Botero, Angie Cepeda, Diane Guerrero and Jessica Darrow have done a good job.
Disney’s Encanto Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, the latest Disney musical is endearing, charming, and soul-stirring. Watching it on the big screen is a pure delightful and warm experience. The magical backdrop is enhanced by the spectacular music by Germaine Franco with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s a must-watch.
The film releases in India on November 26.