Encanto Review

Irene Majano and


SHHHH! “We don’t talk about Bruno”, but the Walt Disney Animation “Encanto” tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals. They live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, called “Casita.” The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift. from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel Madrigal.


 When she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she might just be her family’s last hope. This story was written by Charise Castro Smith, Jared Bush, and Lin-Manuel Mircanda and directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard. 


Back on November 24th of 2021 Encanto had been released into theaters, however I saw it when it came out on disney plus December 24, 2021. The movie was very entertaining and spoke on topics people of all ages can relate to, whether they are aware of it or not. 


There are though, many different mixed emotions about the film. While many thrived for the well animated film, many also had some complaints. 


“As a Colombian I feel disappointed, nice graphics a lot of random elements but the history is poor and had no connection is kind of a lazy dialog and only visual part is interesting” said a reviewer. Many of the watchers will feel a connection towards a certain character rather than paying attention to the history of Colombia. Before the films release, when Disney had announced that there was going to be a film based of a family living Colombia, not only did Colombians, but mamy Hispanics were happy to have some representation of their culture/s. 


One of the biggest compliments received from positive watchers was their love for the soundtrack. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” currently has 280 millions views, ranking as the number one soing of the soundtrack. The soundtrack to Encanto, in my opinion, truly makes the film, and is one of the primary plot devices used for exposition. Throughout the song, Mirabelle’s family and neighbors explain why they exiled her long-lost uncle, Bruno. Bruno has the gift of seeing the future, so his family and the townspeople have a strong disliking towards him for this. Many of the people, along with his family, believe that anything that goes wrong in their lives must have to do with Bruno. 


Ironically enough, everyone is talking about “Bruno”, and its grip on pop culture does not appear to be subsiding anytime soon.