Encanto

Encanto ★★★½

On second viewing, it’s even clearer that this is a much bigger thematic success than a narrative or emotional one. All the ideas surrounding the pressures and expectations of performance within a family are fantastic, but the climactic scene at the river really doesn’t give the aha-moment of catharsis that should make everything click into place — the music is pretty, but the sequence barely reveals anything that the main character doesn’t already know, so its significance and her sudden shift in perspective don’t make a ton of sense. I still think this movie is missing twenty minutes somewhere in the second half. The concepts and characters are wonderful, though.

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