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HOME SWEET HOME -- The Madrigal’s casita in “Encanto” is more than a house—it’s alive—embodying the same magic that has blessed the Madrigal children for two generations. Filmmakers liken the house to a loyal pet—it is part of the family. The love for one another is mutual. Opening in the U.S. on Nov. 24, 2021, “Encanto” features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Disney’s latest film release Encanto dives into the beautiful diverse culture of Colombia with the star of the film, Mirabel.

Mirabel is a young girl trying to find her place in the world and even in her very own family. She has spent her entire childhood trying to help and prove herself to her family. The one person she is trying to please to most is the matriarch of the family, her grandmother. The family was blessed with a miracle of magical powers that each family member gains at a certain age. Unfortunately for Mirabel, she has been the only family member to not receive a power, leaving her as an outsider in her own family.

Trouble appears when for some strange odd reason everyone’s powers start to deteriorate. Mirabel sets out on conquest to figure out why this misfortune is happening to her family.

I really wanted to love this film as much as Disney’s hits, Frozen and Moana. You simply can’t compare those films to Encanto. It’s a beautiful thing to see Disney exploring the different cultures the world has to offer by bringing them to the big screen for audiences of all ages to view. The details that were included are phenomenal such as the arepas con queso and then the Spanish rhymes many from Latin countries grew up singing. The film is filled with vivid and vibrant colors that mesmerize you along with beautifully written songs performed by Carlos Vives and Sebastian Yatra. Perhaps those should been the only songs to be featured within the film. The film had too many songs that could have been cut short and at times made it too busy for the younger audience to understand. Encanto would perhaps be more suitable for children above the age of 8, as the story line and message get a bit too deep for the kiddos to understand and you might even lose their attention along the way; as the film is one hour and thirty-nine minutes long but felt longer.

Despite it all, Encanto does provide the message of uniting family and that family is the one thing that matters in the end. You can catch this film in theaters on Novenber 24, 2021 and on Disney+ on Christmas Eve.

Rating: PG (Some Thematic Elements|Mild Peril)
Genre: Kids & family, Comedy, Musical, Animation, Fantasy
Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel
María Cecilia Botero as Abuela
John Leguizamo as Bruno Madrigal