Encanto ★★★½

Many Disney Animation Studios films are for families and occasionally about families but few, if any, are so thematically rich in how they handle family. Encanto focuses on how even the best intentioned, loving (magical) families hurt each other. We overwhelm, uplift, tear down and celebrate with each other whether we mean to or not. None of the songs really stuck with me but the presentation is vibrant and imaginative and I had a blast the entire runtime. And it’s very funny. I’m optimistic about Disney putting out more low-stakes, theme-forward family films (between this and Pixar’s Luca). Not every movie needs a substantial villain, major twists, the threat of death or royalty.
I hope the score goes up after my next watch but this definitely feels like better Disney to me.

(Also, Happy Anniversary, my love 😘)

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