It seems like everything Disney produces these days will be a great hit but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few films and shows coming along every now and then that just stand out.
As the latest Disney animated musical tells the story of the Madrigal family, whose members are hidden away in the distant mountains of Colombia. The film takes us on the journey of characters who wield magical powers and perform lavish musical numbers that were written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
With heavy magical realism, Disney’s Encanto is a fairly simple story about a family who needs to heal in some way. We’ve all dreamt of having magical powers, debating on what we would do with them and what exactly are the best powers to have, so who wouldn’t want to see a family who actually has them?! Learn how to watch Disney’s Encanto and why it’s so popular!
How to watch Encanto
Since December 24th, 2021, you could watch Encanto on Disney+. The film continues to play in many theaters for any families who feel like getting in the car and watching the old-fashioned way while munching on overpriced snacks. There is no premium access required to stream Disney’s Encanto at home. All you need is a Disney+ account which you can purchase for merely $8 a month or $80 a year.
For those of us aiming for greater streaming entertainment, you can get the Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu bundle for an extra $6 a month. The bundle will save you approximately $8 every month in comparison to signing up for each of the streaming platforms individually.
You’ll find the Disney+ app on Apple devices, Playstation, Android, Xbox, Roku, Fire TV, and most smart TV brands. Not to mention, Disney+ also supports up to 4K streaming with Dolby Vision & HDR10 on compatible devices.
The New York Times
Maya Phillips, a writer for The New York Times commented:
“The computer animation, some of the best from any major studio in the last several years, presents a dazzling confabulation of hues and a meticulous weaving of precious details — like the embroidery of skirts, the gold-brown crust of cheese arepa and the selection of Native Colombian flora.”
The food illustration in the movie was truly poetic.
Phillips added, “And the grand pooh-bah of the contemporary musical movie score, Lin-Manuel Miranda, provides a spellbinding soundtrack of songs combining salsa, bachata and hip-hop played with traditional folk instructions from Colombia.”
Film reviewer Caroline Siede wrote, “From Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs to Raya and the Last Dragon, Walt Disney Animation Studios has spent the past eight decades perfecting its signature riff on the classic hero’s journey. So it’s a bold move that for its sixtieth feature, Encanto, the studio turns so many of those classic tropes on their head.”
“One thing that probably stood out in this particular Disney film was the fact that Mirabel Madrigal not only has two living parents but lives surrounded by an expansive family. How fun to see a Disney heroine with cousins,” Siede added.
Variety film reviewer Owen Gleiberman says, “The songs, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, are syncopatedly infectious, word-weavingly clever, and unabashedly romantic; they keep the film bopping.”
“And the whole picture is intricate and accomplished enough to make the era when your average Disney house animated feature was several tiers below that of Pixar seem like ancient history. Yet for all the dazzle on display, none of it would mean much if Encanto didn’t present its heroine’s moving journey in a way that kept surprising you.”
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