It’s Time to Talk about Bruno

Victoria Gibney, Staff Writer

Disney’s newest movie “Encanto” is growing more and more popular. The movie musical has an exciting storyline combined with catchy songs, like “Surface Pressure,” “What Else Can I Do?” and, of course, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” The family-friendly feel and adventurous story makes this an enjoyable film for all ages. 

The movie starts out with the main character, 15-year-old Mirabel Madrigal, introducing the members of her family who all live together in their house in Colombia. The Madrigal’s aren’t like any other family–they all have magical gifts from a miracle they were given. Mirabel’s cousin Camilo, for example, can shapeshift, while her sister Luisa is incredibly strong. The house the family lives in, referred to as Casita, holds the miracle through a candle, and has magical abilities too. The thing that separates Mirabel from the rest of her family is that she’s not like them; she doesn’t have a gift. On the surface, Mirabel says that she is just as special as the rest of her family, but deep down, it affects her more than she would like to admit. That’s why when Casita starts to crack and the magic is in danger, Mirabel takes it upon herself to fix it. She asks her family members for help, finding out that they struggle too, even while having gifts. While trying to save the magic, she learns about her Tío Bruno, who is infamous in the family. In the end, the Madrigals learn about the importance of family, and Mirabel learns that she is unique in her own way.

Under the surface, “Encanto” has a lot of features that can be looked over at a first watch, such as the small details in the animation. For example, Mirabel’s curls bounce when she walks, and each grain of sand looks meticulously placed. Other aspects of the movie are more important and were noted before the film’s release, such as the representation of Latinx culture and Afro-Latino characters in media. 

“Encanto” skillfully incorporates family importance with adventure, humor, and songs that will leave you singing them for at least the next few days. Overall, “Encanto” is a movie that all ages would enjoy watching and is definitely a must-see.