Moviegoers everywhere will be heading to theaters with their loved ones to see some exciting new titles, and one of the best family films available in theaters this Thanksgiving weekend is Disney’s Encanto. As always, we will remain spoiler-free in our review, but may share themes and character information in our review that others may deem as “spoilers”, so if you are concerned about these topics we recommend you stop reading past this point. Thank you!
Alright, now with that out of the way, let’s dive into our review of Disney’s Encanto. As shared by Disney, this is one of the largest main casts in a Disney film, with a dozen central characters and several secondary roles, though the story primarily focuses on Mirabel Madrigal played by Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine Nine). Beatriz is joined by María Cecilia Botero as Abuela Alma, Diane Guererro as Isabela, Jessica Darrow as Luisa, Angie Cepeda as Julieta, Wilmer Valderrama as Agustín, Carolina Gaitán as Tia Pepa, Mauro Castillo as Tio Félix, Adassa as Dolores, Maluma as Mariano, Rhenzy Feliz as Camilo, and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Antonio, with John Leguizamo as Bruno.
For those who had feared Disney was “out of ideas” and/or their stories were becoming lackluster with the push for live-action remake films, Encanto will be a wonderful breath of fresh air. The film focuses on the common themes of family and growth, and particularly doesn’t shy away from the complicated relationships of a large family where most films just chock it up to “that’s just the way it is”. Encanto pushes those ideas and boundaries making it refreshing to watch as a viewer. Toss magical abilities and jealousy into the mix and you’ve got some major curiosities and relatable insecurities that anyone can relate to on some level.
Now onto the music, and oh my GOSH, were we blown away by this soundtrack (which is currently available!). Lin-Manuel Miranda has struck gold with this cast and soundtrack, proving even further that he is a powerhouse in the music industry and we can’t wait for more! One of my personal new favorites from Encanto is Surface Pressure sung by Jessica Darrow (Luisa). I won’t spoil the content, but I have to say anyone dealing with the pressures of reliability will understand Luisa’s struggle, and watching her story unfold throughout the movie was touching and relatable no so many levels.
Everyone can relate to someone in The Madrigal Family, and that’s one of the best elements of this film. We can see our mothers, our fathers, our siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and ourselves in this movie. We can understand these dynamics in a tangible manner and honestly, it draws us deeper into the story. I think audiences of every age will love Encanto and I believe it is well worth seeing in theaters during opening weekend.
We hope you enjoy Disney’s Encanto, now in theaters! Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Disney!
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