Encanto movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This pleasing, likeable but slightly bland animated musical-comedy will probably be loved by families and young children. But Encanto’s story is often mildly dull and takes a lot of time.


The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live in the mountains in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the Madrigal family with a unique gift, well, at least every child except Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger, she may be the family’s last hope.

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Movie details

Director: Jared Bush, Byron Howard
Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, Carolina Gaitán, Diane Guerrero
Writer: Charise Castro Smith, Jared Bush
Release Date (Australia): 2 December 2021
Runtime: 99 minutes/1h 39m
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

Thematic material includes fantasy themes, as well as multiple sequences that feature senses of threat, menace and peril.

Violence (PG)

The film contains animated injury detail, including a depiction of a character’s hand being implicitly cut and a depiction of the wound.

mpaa rating

PG (for some thematic elements and mild peril)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Encanto perches right on the edge of the brim with its glimmering songs and beautiful animation, but also barely has any energy. The shockingly huge lack of enthusiasm and the amount of laziness consumes nearly entirely of the freshness. And by the end, only the large flares of its real passion succeed in saving this animated adventure from being completely undesirable and a wasted opportunity.

Considering the fact that Encanto sticks with adoration, it wouldn’t be fair to dismiss all its ups and attach only with the flaws. It’s partially a musical, and alike most Disney or animated musicals, you can anticipate some really nice songs that luckily aren’t to frequent. There’s also plenty of appealing magic wrapped throughout the plot, accompanied by delightful messages for families with young children.

The only big flaw to be noted down is the fact that Encanto loses focus several times and even becomes aimless. The entire story grows on a very dramatic problem, but it’s gone and untangled too quickly, which makes the entire film seem like its just meant to be purposeless entertainment. If it had avoided this flaw and stuck to a similar method most Disney or animated movies follow, it wouldn’t have been as confusing or as much of a disappointment.

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