ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – E – Encanto (2021) Movie Review


Director: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charisa Castro Smith

Writer: Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith (Screenplay) Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith, Jason Hand, Nancy Kruse, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Stephanie Beatriz, Maria Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo, Jessice Darrow, Angie Cepeda

Plot: A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers.

Tagline – Magical House. Magical Family.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Encanto starts as we meet the family that have lived of magic powers for generations, Mirabel is the teenage daughter of the family who has yet to learn her power, Julieta her mother can heal injuries, with Luisa having strength and Isabela can make flowers grow, and to make matters worse for her, the youngest member of the family Antonio learns he can talk to animals.

As Mirabel starts to search for her own power, she learns of the cracks coming to the family’s world, this will see her learn about the mysterious Bruno, as the powers of the family start to become weaker, Mirabel, believes she is the only one who can stop the troubles coming towards the family.

Thoughts on Encanto

ThoughtsEncanto is an animated fantasy that will bring a teenager into the magic on her family, as they learn their powers, she is left wondering when she will learn about hers, only for the magic to start to fade away, leading her to need to rescue her family and bring them closer together once again. This is a film that does a clever idea of not having a villain involved, it is all about family, the importance of it and not adding pressure on members who aren’t going the perfect direction the older ones would prefer. The fantasy elements come from seeing what is means to believe in a miracle that someone created for them. The characters we meet are entertaining, with the Mirabel figure feeling lost, while the Luisa who has strength, not being as strong as people see her, Isabela not being as perfect as everyone believes. The music involved is delightful, which the songs fitting the characters they are about perfectly.

Final Thoughts Encanto is a beautiful animation showing the importance of family.

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