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Encanto movie review: Disney movie enchants with dazzling animation

Disney’s latest offering, Encanto, hits the right notes with its incredible animation and adorable characters. The film hit theaters on November 26.

Disney’s Encanto stars Stephanie Beatriz, Carolina Gaitán, Jessica Darrow and Diane Guerrero.

Movie name: Encanto

Director: Jared Bush and Byron Howard

It’s not easy to wear the label of Disney’s 60th animated film. Encanto opens by reminding that this is the studio’s most expensive offer in a year. Does it live up to the prestige bestowed upon it and does it manage to ring and sound as entertaining as its predecessors? The answer is a resounding yes!

Encanto is the simple story of a magical place where a Colombian family lives in an enchanted house that talks, moves, dances and sings. Each family member goes through an initiation ceremony where their power is discovered. Whether it’s lifting a horse cart, changing shape, hearing distant thoughts in someone else’s mind, or summoning the weather gods to change according to mood, everyone in the Madrigals family has super power. Everyone but one – Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz), who holds the label of being a non-magical member of the family. Standing out like a sore thumb in a superhero family, she begins to doubt and question her very existence. But the existential crisis doesn’t last too long as the family ultimately relies on her to save them from a catastrophic event that could destroy the legacy of the Madrigals.

What works for Encanto is the simplicity and endearing ability of each character to make you feel like you’re part of their family. The entertainment is top notch and the South American culture, accents, scenery, sights and sounds are beautifully captured by director duo Jared Bush and Byron Howard. While this is a Disney movie, the music is still the epicenter of its conception and in Encanto the tunes are not only catchy and melodic, but become an intrinsic part of the film’s larger narrative.

Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel is the perfect cast and voice to show off the innocence and strife she goes through when the family begins to doubt her intentions. In fact, the entire cast is brilliant playing every character, whether it’s the matriarch of the Abuela family (María Cecilia Botero) or Mirabel’s perfect sister Isabela (Diane Guerrero), they all add to the drama and the magic that is Encanto.

Encanto is a shining feather in the colorful Disney cap and you will be dazzled and entertained until the very last frame with this story of discovering the magic within.

4 out of 5 stars for Encanto.

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