In a small remote enchanted village in Columbia lives the Madrigal family, each member gifted certain powers that they use in service of the village. Except for the teenage Mirabel. She seems to have no special power. Still, she tries to be supportive when her five year old cousin gets a special power of his own, but under the surface she feels left out, and isn’t sure where she fits in with the rest of the family.
When Maribel has a vision of the family’s magical home beginning to crack and fall apart, she sets about trying to learn what it means, and soon realizes that she’s not the only one with insecurities brewing under the surface. And if she wants to stop the vision from coming true, she’ll have to uncover the secrets of her uncle who mysteriously vanished years ago.
While many fantasy and superhero movies explore the responsibilities that come with otherwise exciting and enviable powers, Encanto provides a compelling twist on the premise, asking instead what it is that makes us unique, special, and valuable to those around us beyond the gifts and talents that sit on the surface.
Beautifully animated with Disney’s usual charm and featuring another set of catchy songs, Encanto is both a whimsical and thought-provoking adventure for the family. Some scary images and action sequences may be too intense for very young viewers.