Encanto ★★★

Disney’s latest attempt at postmodernism is surprisingly mostly successful thanks to Encanto’s somewhat daring story about toxic family dynamics and generational trauma. For all it’s pacing issues and family movie cliches, I think it’s going to be quite meaningful for certain kids to be able to watch a Disney movie about being able to admit when you’re not okay and how sometimes your family members are cruel because they don’t know how themselves. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s songs are well written, it’s animated wonderfully and it doesn’t make an ass out of itself in its attempts at representation by not totally trying to. I know that’s kind of a backhanded compliment but I’d rather Disney just not even try something they’re historically bad at. All in all, Encanto is above average Disney that manages to be progressive in its unique acknowledgments of mental health.