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Simple Thoughts: Encanto

I’m no expert when it comes to reviewing things; especially movies/shows. However, I do love to share my opinions on them, and so, I’m going to call this little corner of my blog Simple Thoughts. Where I share my personal opinions of a movie/show without getting too technical.

Encanto. Boy was this an emotional rollercoaster of a movie… and I LOVED it! For those who haven’t seen the movie or who aren’t sure what it’s about, here’s a very brief summary:

The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift — every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger. (Film synopsis from Google)

This was the first Disney animated film I’ve seen where I fully related to the character, in terms of what she’s dealing with in her everyday life. She felt like a disappointment to her family and like she simply wasn’t good enough, her siblings (and other family members) were special and important and she was left behind. BUT this didn’t slow her down when it came to rescuing her family and their gifts. Mirabel was strong-willed and came to accept the fact that she wasn’t gifted like those around her. I feel like she came to love herself, and in doing so those around her more so too.

Encanto wasn’t some big adventure, like some of their recent past works, it was all contained within a small village and more so in her family home. I liked this as it meant we felt closer to the family and Mirabel herself. It was more a journey of emotions and I prefer those types of movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love some good action, but sometimes you just want to get emotionally wrecked, aha! And let me tell you, that is what this film did to me. I cried a couple of times during this movie – but I am a sensitive soul and I don’t think there’s a Disney film I haven’t cried at yet.

What I did really love about this film is that it didn’t have a ‘villain’. There was no Gaston or Ursula type character. The conflict came from within. I guess, some might say the grandmother was the main conflict – Mirabel just wanting to be accepted by her but I don’t think the grandmother was actually a bad person. She just wanted to protect her family and the magic surrounding them and the house.

All in all, I have nothing negative to say about the film. I thought it was well paced, the story idea was unique, and it’s one of those movies I can stick on when I want something fun and easy to watch. Plus, the music! The we don’t talk about Bruno song has been stuck in my head for the past few days, since seeing the movie. The other songs are really catchy too, and Luisa’s is a jam! So, if you want a fun but emotional film to watch, then I highly recommend Encanto! 🙂

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