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Starring: Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz, Carolina Gaitan
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Disney’s animated musical fantasy comedy directed by Byron Howard, Jared Bush, and Charise Castro Smith. Enchanto (2021) centers the Madrigals, a family who live in an enchanted town in the mountains of Colombia. Every child in their magical house has been granted a unique ability, such as strength, or healing powers, every child except one, Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz). However, when Mirabel discovers their magic is under threat, she decides that she may be the only one able to save it.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Gift or no Gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family.' - Mirabel (Encanto) Click To Tweet
Young Mirabel: How did we get a miracle?
Abuela Alma: Long ago, when my three babies had just been born, your Abuelo Pedro and I were forced to flee our home. And though many joined us, hoping to find a new home, we could not escape the dangers, and your abuelo was lost. But in our darkest moment, we were given a miracle. The candle became a magical flame that could never go out. And it blessed us with a refuge in which to live. A place of wonder.
Young Mirabel: An encanto.
Abuela Alma: The miracle grew. And our house, our casita itself came alive to shelter us. When my children came of age, the miracle blessed each with a magic Gift to help us. And when their children came of age…
Young Mirabel: They got magic too.
Abuela Alma: Tonight, this candle will give you your Gift, mi vida. Strengthen our community, strengthen our home. Make your family proud.
Young Mirabel: Make my family proud.
Young Mirabel: What do you think my Gift will be?
Abuela Alma: You are a wonder, Mirabel Madrigal. Whatever Gift awaits, will be just as special as you.
'Maybe your Gift is being in denial.' - Town Kid (Encanto) Click To Tweet
Abuela Alma: What are you doing?
Mirabel: They were just asking about the family and…
Town Kid: She was about to tell us about her super awesome Gift!
Dolores: Oh, Mirabel didn’t get one.
Town Kid: You didn’t get a Gift?
Delivery Guy: Mirabel! Delivery! I gave you the special since you’re the only Madrigal kid with no Gift. I call it the “Not Special Special”. Since you have no Gift.
Delivery Guy: Oh, and tell Antonio good luck. The last Gift ceremony was a bummer. Last one being yours that did not work.
Town Kid: If I was you, I’d be really sad.
Mirabel: Well, my little friend, I am not. Because the truth is, Gift or no Gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family.
[they look over to see their siblings display their powers]
Isabela: Who wants more pink?
Luisa: Alright, guys, where do I drop the wagon?
Town Kid: [to Mirabel] Maybe your Gift is being in denial.
Isabela: A little sisterly advice, if you weren’t always trying too hard, you wouldn’t be in the way.
Mirabel: Actually, Isa, this is called helping. And I’m not in the way. You are.
'We don't talk about Bruno.' - Pepa (Encanto) Click To Tweet
Agustín: When me and your tío Félix married into the family, outsiders who had no Gift, never, ever would. Surrounded by the exceptional, it was easy to feel unexceptional.
Mirabel: Okay, Papi.
Agustín: I’m just saying, I get it.
Abuela Alma: Mirabel, I know you want to help. But tonight must go perfectly. The whole town relies on our family, on our Gifts. So, the best way for some of us to help is to step aside. Let the rest of the family do what they do best. Okay?
Mirabel: Nervous? You have nothing to worry about. You’re going to get your Gift, and open that door, and it’s going to be the coolest ever. I know it.
Antonio: What if it doesn’t work?
Mirabel: Well, in that impossible scenario, you’d stay here in the nursery with me. Forever. And I’d get you all to myself.
Antonio: I wish you could have a door.
Mirabel: You know what? You don’t have to worry about me, because I have an amazing family, and an amazing house. And an amazing you. And seeing you get your special Gift and your door, that’s going to make me way more happy than anything. But, alas, I am going to miss having the world’s best roomie.
'Surrounded by the exceptional, it was easy to feel unexceptional.' - Agustín (Encanto) Click To Tweet
Mirabel: [singing] Don’t be upset, or mad at all. Don’t feel regret, or sad at all. Hey, I’m still a part of the family. Madrigal. And I’m fine. I am totally fine. I will stand on the side as you shine. I’m not fine. I’m not fine. I can’t move the mountains. I can’t make flowers bloom. I can’t take another night up in my room, waiting on a miracle. I can’t heal what’s broken. Can’t control the morning rain, or a hurricane. Can’t keep down the unspoken invisible pain. Always waiting on a miracle. A miracle. Always walking alone. Always wanting for more. Like I’m still at that door, longing to shine, like all of you shine. All I need is a change. All I need is a chance.
Mirabel: [singing] Who I am inside? So what can I do? I’m sick of waiting on a miracle. So here I go. I am ready. Come on, I’m ready. I’ve been patient, and steadfast, and steady. Bless me, now as you blessed us, all those years ago, when you gave us a miracle. Am I too late for a miracle?
Mirabel: If it was all in my head, how did I cut my hand? I would never ruin Antonio’s night. Is that really what you think?
Julieta: What I think is that today was very hard for you.
Mirabel: I was looking out for the family. And I might not be super strong like Luisa, or effortlessly perfect like Señorita Perfecta Isabela, who’s never even had a bad hair day, but, whatever.
Julieta: I wish you could see yourself the way I do. You are perfect just like this. You’re just as special as anyone else in this family.
Mirabel: You just healed my hand with an arepa con queso.
Julieta: I healed your hand with my love for my daughter, with her wonderful brain, and big heart, cool glasses.
Mirabel: I know what I saw.
Julieta: Mira, my brother Bruno lost his way in this family. I don’t want the same for you.
'You're exactly what this family needs. You just have to see it.' - Bruno (Encanto) Click To Tweet
Abuela Alma: Ay, Pedro. I need you. Cracks in our casita. If our family knew how vulnerable we truly are. If our miracle is dying. We cannot lose our home again. Why is this happening? Open my eyes. If the answer is here, help me find it. Help me protect our family. Help me save our miracle.
Mirabel: I will save the miracle. Wait. How do I save a miracle?
Mirabel: Dolores, hey. You know, out of all my older cousins, you’re like my favorite cousin, so I feel like I can talk to you about anything, ergo you can talk to me about anything. Like the problem with the magic last night that no one seemed to worry about, but maybe you heard about, that maybe I should know about.
Félix: Camilo! Stop pretending you’re Dolores, so you can have seconds.
Camilo: Worth a shot.
Dolores: [to Mirabel] The only one worried about the magic is you. and the rats talking in the walls. Oh, and Luisa, I heard her eye twitching all night.
'My Gift wasn't helping the family. But I love my family.' - Bruno (Encanto) Click To Tweet
Abuela Alma: I’ve spoken to the Guzmáns about Mariano’s proposal to Isabela. Dolores, do we have a date?
Dolores: Tonight. He wants five babies.
Abuela Alma: Wonderful!
Luisa: Why would anything be wrong? I’m totally fine. The magic’s fine. Luisa’s fine. I’m totally not nervous.
Mirabel: Your eye is doing the thing.
Luisa: There is something you should know. Last night, when you saw the cracks, I felt weak.
Luisa: Before Tío Bruno left, he had like some terrible vision about it.
Mirabel: Tío Bruno? What was in his vision?
Luisa: No one knows. They never found it. But if something’s wrong with the magic, start with Bruno’s tower. Find that vision.
Mirabel: Wait! How do you find a vision? What am I even looking for?
Luisa: If you find it, you’ll know. But be careful. That place is off limits for a reason.
Mirabel: A lot of stairs, but at least I’ll have a friend.
Mirabel: [the parrot flies off] No. He flew away immediately.
'Sometimes family weirdos just get a bad rap.' - Mirabel (Encanto) Click To Tweet
Mirabel: [as she puts Bruno’s vision glass together] What’s hurting the magic?
Mirabel: [sees herself] Me.
Luisa: My Gift! I’m losing my Gift!
Abuela Alma: What?
Luisa: Mirabel and I were having this little talk about me carrying too much. So, I tried not to carry so much, but I realized it was putting me behind. And I knew I was going to let everyone down. And I felt really bad, so I was grabbing all the donkeys. But then when I went to throw the donkeys in the barn, they were heavy!
Abuela Alma: What did you do? What did you say to her?
Pepa: We don’t talk about Bruno.
Félix: He would see something terrible. And then, boom! It would happen.
Pepa: We don’t talk about Bruno.
Mirabel: What if you didn’t understand what he saw?
Félix: Then you better figure it out, because it was coming for you.
Mirabel: I broke into Bruno’s tower. I found his last vision. The family’s in trouble. The magic is dying. The house is breaking. Luisa’s gift is fading. And I think it’s all because of me?
Agustín: No one will know. Just act normal. No one has to know.
Dolores: I know.
Mirabel: She’s going to tell everyone.
Julieta: What is happening?!
Dolores: Mirabel found Bruno’s vision. She’s in it. She’s going to destroy the magic and now, we’re all doomed!
Abuela Alma: The magic is strong! Everything is fine! We are the Madrigals!
Mirabel: Wait. Have you been in here patching the cracks?
Bruno: Oh, that? No, no, no. I’m too scared to go near those things. All the patching’s done by Hernando.
Mirabel: Who is Hernando?
Bruno: I’m Hernando, and I’m scared of nothing! It’s actually me. I used to say my real Gift was acting.
Mirabel: How long have you been back here? You never left.
Bruno: Well, I left my tower. Which was, you know, a lot of stairs, and here, kitchen adjacent. Ooh, ooh, plus, free entertainment.
Mirabel: I don’t understand why you left, but didn’t leave.
Bruno: Oh, well, because, you know, the mountains around the encanto are pretty tall. And, you know, like I said, free food and everything.
Bruno: Yeah, my Gift wasn’t helping the family. But I love my family, you know?
Mirabel: Why was I in your vision? Tío Bruno? I just wanted to make the family proud of me. Just once. But if I should stop, if I’m hurting my family, just tell me.
Bruno: I can’t tell you, because I don’t know.
Bruno: [to Mirabel] I had this vision the night that you didn’t get your Gift. Abuela worried about the magic. So, she begged me to look into the future. See what it meant. And I saw the magic in danger. Our house breaking. And then, I saw you. But the vision was different. It would change. And there was no one answer. No clear fate. Like your future was undecided. But I knew how it was going to look. I knew what everyone would think because I’m Bruno, and everyone always assumes the worst, so.
Mirabel: You left to protect me?
Bruno: I don’t know which way it’ll go, but my guess, the family, the encanto, and the fate of the miracle itself, well, it’s all going to come down to you. Or maybe I’m wrong. You know, it’s a mystery.
Mirabel: You wish you could have seen more, so see more! Have another vision.
Bruno: Oh. No, no. See, I don’t do visions anymore.
Mirabel: But you could.
Bruno: But I won’t.
Mirabel: You can’t say the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The end. If our fate’s up to me, me says have another vision. Maybe it’ll show me what to do.
Bruno: Look, even if I wanted to, which I don’t, you wrecked my vision cave. Which is a problem, because I need a big open space.
Mirabel: We’ll find one.
Antonio: Use my room. The rats told me everything.
Antonio: [as the tiger is about to eat the rats] Don’t eat those.
Julieta: Mamá, you’ve always been too hard on Mirabel.
Abuela Alma: Look around. We must protect our family, our encanto. We cannot lose our home.
Mirabel: We might want to hurry.
Bruno: You can’t hurry the future. What if I show you something worse? If I see something that you don’t like, you’re going to be all, “Bruno makes bad things happen. Oh, he’s creepy, and his vision killed my goldfish.”
Mirabel: I don’t think you make bad things happen. Sometimes family weirdos just get a bad rap. You can do this.
Mirabel: [after Bruno sees another vision] Why would embracing Isabela do anything?
Bruno: I don’t know. Our family got a miracle. How do you help a family miracle? You hug a sister.
Mirabel: [referring to Isabela] It’s not going to work. She won’t hug me, ever. Okay? She hates me! Also, I don’t know if you heard, I ruined her proposal! Plus, PS, she is just annoying.
Bruno: You see, you’re missing the point. The fate of the family, it’s not up to her. It’s up to you. You’re exactly what this family needs. You just have to see it. By yourself, after I leave.
Mirabel: What? You’re not coming?
Bruno: It was your vision, Mirabel. Not mine.
Mirabel: You’re afraid Abuela will see you.
Bruno: Yep. I mean, yes. That too.
Bruno: Hey, after you save the miracle, come visit.
Mirabel: After I save the miracle, I’m bringing you home.
Mirabel: [to herself] You got this. Just going to save the miracle. With a hug.
Mirabel: Isa? Hey. I know we’ve had our issues, but I’m ready to be a better sister to you. So, we should just hug. Let’s hug it out, huh?
Isabela: “Hug it out”? Luisa can’t lift an empanada. Mariano’s nose looks like a smashed papaya! Have you lost your mind?!
Isabela: Everything was perfect. Abuela was happy. The family was happy. You want to be a better sister? Apologize for ruining my life! Go on. Apologize.
Mirabel: I am sorry that your life is so great!
Mirabel: I wasn’t trying to ruin your life! Some of us have bigger problems, you selfish, entitled princess!
Isabela: Selfish? I’ve been stuck being perfect my whole entire life! And literally, the only thing you have ever done for me is mess things up!
Mirabel: Nothing is messed up! You can still marry that big dumb hunk!
Isabela: I never wanted to marry him! I was doing it for the family!
Mirabel: That’s why I’m in the vision. I’m saving the miracle!
Abuela Alma: You have to stop, Mirabel! The cracks started with you. Bruno left because of you. Luisa’s losing her powers. Isabela’s out of control. Because of you! I don’t know why you weren’t given a Gift. But it is not an excuse for you to hurt this family!
Mirabel: I will never be good enough for you. Will I? No matter how hard I try. No matter how hard any of us tries. Luisa will never be strong enough. Isabela won’t be perfect enough. Bruno left our family because you only saw the worst in him.
Abuela Alma: Bruno didn’t care about this family!
Mirabel: He loves this family. I love this family. We all love this family. You’re the one that doesn’t care. You’re the one breaking our home.
Abuela Alma: Don’t you ever…
Mirabel: The miracle is dying, because of you!
[then the Casita starts collapsing]
Mirabel: I’m sorry. I didn’t want to hurt us. I just wanted to be something I’m not.
Abuela Alma: I’ve never been able to come back here. This river is where we were given our miracle.
Mirabel: Where Abuelo Pedro…
Abuela Alma: I thought we would have a different life. I thought I would be a different woman.
Abuela Alma: I was given a miracle. A second chance. And I was so afraid to lose it that I lost sight of who our miracle was for. And I am so sorry. You never hurt our family, Mirabel. We are broken because of me.
Mirabel: Abuela. I can finally see. You lost your home. Lost everything. You suffered so much, all alone, so it would never happen again. We were saved because of you. We were given a miracle, because of you. We are a family, because of you. And nothing could ever be broken that we can’t fix together.
Abuela Alma: I asked my Pedro for help. Mirabel, he sent me you.
Agustín: [after Mirabel returns] I’ll be okay.
Camilo: Not if we don’t have a house. What? We don’t have a house. I can’t say we don’t have a house? What is that? Not a house.
Mirabel: [singing, after they rebuild the Casita] Home sweet home, I like the new foundation.
Abuela Alma: [singing] It isn’t perfect.
Mirabel: [singing] Neither are we.
Abuela Alma: That’s true.