It has been a while since I have watched and reviewed an animation film. But because it is the Christmas weekend, I decided to give the new Disney film Encanto a go before a few of the other new releases. And if you have been on the journey with me and Popcorn Reviewss then you would know that I am an absolute fan of animation films. And more so, I am a fan of Disney films. They are just happy musicals that teach a lesson or two along the way. And ofcourse there is music, joy and tears that make it a complete package. I strongly believe we need more Disney films, the world needs more Disney films. That said is Encanto which is available on Disney plus Hotstar, worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Encanto follows the story of a family who reside in a magical house and all of them are blessed with unique magic traits but for one member. I guess I will leave the story there but it definitely is enchanting and heartwarming with that typical Disney fuzz to it. The screenplay is again quite brilliantly penned. Like all Disney films, this one to begins almost like a fairytale which our grandnothers use to tell us. The narration gives you that exact feeling of a gentle lullaby that we experienced as children before going to bed and into the astral. The world of magic that is created is colourful and just so happy. The screenplay that unfolds in the form of a musical catches your attention almost immediately and it maintains the grip throughout. Almost every emotion is laid on the table that caters straight to your heart, thereby allowing that warm and fuzzy feeling to gently seep in. It is like a long hug which you would get at the end of a long day. Ofcourse there is conflict in play here but the good bit is that the conflict isn’t reduced to an antagonist. Infact there isn’t any villain here. Just a conflict that sets the tone for the rest of the film and unfolds like an enchanting mystery. While you root for the protagonist throughout but it is fun to watch her dynamics with other characters as well. By the end of it, you are left teary eyed(like in all Disney films) with a lump in your throat but that long and fuzzy feeling. The message at the end is so relevant in the times of the pandemic. The magic is ‘You’ and together we can create a magical world! A Beautiful Screenplay this!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are beautifully penned and they exude of happy vibes along with a few mixed emotions. The music is a breath of fresh air here and it truly touches your heart and soul. The communication done through songs is the highlight here. The BGM is exceptional and is successfully able to add a few tense moments as well. The animation is absolutely top notch as always. The film is directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard and co-directed by Charise Castro and the direction is brilliant. It always keeps the Disney tradition alive with several heartfelt moments. Also what it successfully does is give a sneak peek into a different culture which was refreshing to notice.
The voiceovers are exceptional here. Jessica Darrow as Luisa adds a lot of ‘weight’ to her voice and brilliantly so. Diane Guerrero as Isabelle is quite petite and first rate. Maria Cecilia Botero as Abuela has a lovely character arc and it is expressed beautifully through her voice which she modulates effortlessly. Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel exudes of happy vibes but also keeps so many emotions in check, she lends her voice brilliantly here.
Encanto is just like a long hug that leaves you with that warm and fuzzy feeling. An ideal watch for this holiday season. As I said before, We need more Disney Films! Available on Disney Plus Hotstar and Highly Recommended.