Encanto (2021)


Lexi Ariete, Contributor

On November 24, 2021, Disney released the movie, Encanto. The movie is about the Madrigal family and their magical miracle given to them many generations ago, that grants each member of the family a special ability, whether that be strength, healing, etc. However, the main character, Mirabel Madrigal, was the only child in her family (outside of the in-laws) to not receive a special gift. Although seen as an outcast, Mirabel seems to be the only hope that the Madrigal family has when their powers start to fade away after several years of not doing so. The movie is rated PG, with musical aspects in the movies made The movie was directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard. With a total time of an hour and thirty minutes, the movie will be streaming on Disney+ starting December 24th, a month after the initial release to theatres.

The movie received a 7.6/10 on IMDb, a 75% on Metacritic, and a 90% on the Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes (and a 93% on the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes). There were quite a few mixed opinions on the feature, with both good and bad, but a majority of positive reviews from the audience.  Jake Wilson, a reviewer from Rotten Tomatoes states, “…there are too many human characters… Lin-Manuel Miranda’s earnest songs– the craft is at the level expected from a no-expense-spared Disney production.” While another reviewer named Sara Michelle Fetters claims, “Encanto earns its tears.” Parents and adults that watched the film had mixed opinions when it came to the film. People enjoyed the magical and musical aspects the movie held, but in general, people seemed to have left the theater with a shoulder shrug. A parent that left a review on CommonSenseMedia’s website stated, “My two 8 year olds did not understand the plot and frankly, I found myself struggling to explain it… This felt like a forced attempt at diversity for diversity’s sake… there isn’t anything objectionable for kids, I don’t think they will love it.” This review states that Encanto did not seem to be as appealing to kids as they wanted it to seem. The plot was all over the place, and a majority felt that the ending of the movie seemed to be rushed rather than truly thought of. People were upset that the movie did not have the same feeling that was brought to them with other Disney films such as Moana and Coco, which show diversity, but also shares a meaningful story along with it. Kids that reviewed this story agree that the movie was good, but only during the first half of the movie, and eventually made kids lose interest due to the lack of an interesting plot that the movie seemed to be missing.

In all, even though the percentages show that both critics and audience shared positive thoughts on the movie, the actual reviews start off with positive thoughts that trail off into a disappointed review in the end. Alas, Encanto is a movie for children… however the children seem to not have understood the actual story of the movie.



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