'Encanto' Review: Should You Witness the Madrigal Family's Magic?

Will Disney's newest musical film "Encanto" be everything you'd hoped for or just an animated film that blends into their never-ending library?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Encanto Review: Should You Witness the Madrigal Family's Magic?

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

When it comes to making quality animated films, Disney rarely ever misses. So, every time we see them cooking up a new animated flick, we get excited! Their most recent project that dominated the box office this weekend is titled "Encanto." It follows a lovely family known as the Madrigals. This family is unusually special compared to other families because most of them have otherworldly powers. To give some examples, one of the sisters in this magical family has the "biggest biceps in Disney history." Another member of the family can heal others' wounds by cooking food for them. But Mirabel, the only sister without a gift, is the one we'll be focusing on. She'll have to learn that just because you don't have a gift doesn't mean you're not special. But before you watch "Encanto," read out review first.

Reasons to Watch...

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • This film is a beautiful celebration of Colombian culture and shows what it means to be a family. It also outlines the very real problems of feeling accepted within your own family. And it acknowledges the pressures passed down from previous generations and why they exist.
  • The voice actors inject such a lively energy into this animated household. And if you look closely at the characters themselves, there's at least one that you'll relate to on a personal level.
  • Every element of this vibrant animation is so expressive and colorful that everything in this film basically has its own pulse.
  • With every original song that's introduced, an even more vivacious one comes shortly after. It's another testament to Disney's ability to produce phenomenal soundtracks.

Or Not...

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Given the story's mystical theme, it's actually much more ordinary than you'd expect. There's not really a true antagonist, with the main struggles existing within the family.
  • "Encanto" follows a simple formula with a fairly predictable outcome with little payoff.
  • The conclusion of the film feels a bit forced purely for convenience sake. Even with the powerful lesson being taught, it just sort of presents itself at the end with what some might consider a cookie-cutter explanation.
  • Although you can probably sing along to most of the songs, they're somewhat forgettable. We expected more especially considering they're originals from the talented Lin Manuel Miranda.

Watch or Not?

With "Encanto," we do think you should still get your family and go watch it!

Disney has done it again. They strive to create more diverse and inclusive films highlighting other cultures while still providing something everyone can relate to. The production is aesthetically stunning and so imaginative. The voice actors are rock stars, with Stephanie Beatriz and John Leguizamo especially stealing the show. The film is layered with valuable lessons for all members of the family to take home. And when everything comes together, we'll be surprised if you don't shed at least one tear.

Watch it now in theaters

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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