Welcome to the family Madrigal! Encanto is the newest Disney film everyone is talking about, and if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?
Encanto follows the story of the family Madrigal, an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Columbia in a charmed placed called the Encanto. Each member of the family was blessed with a unique gift, except for one child, Mirabel. Eventually we will find out that she might be the last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.
Now if you look deeper into the meaning of this movie, we will find that mental health is actually a big part of it. We see topics like depression, anxiety, exclusion, family bonds broken and family expectations and how with communication and understanding, these bonds can be strengthen again. Sometimes we try to be perfect and live up to the expectations of the elders in the family without being ourselves from fear of being judged or disappoint others.
If you listen to “Surface Pressure”, you can see all the weight Luisa has on her shoulders, both literally and metaphorically to be this strong person that never show vulnerability, she even questions herself about crushing the expectations and just relax but the pressure is way too much and she feels guilty if she does. I feel like a lot of people can relate to this song.
We also have “What Else Can I Do?”, where Isabella realizes she can be so much more than the golden child, that not everything has to be perfect and there’s something beautiful about imperfection. She tries new things and realized her full potential.
And of course we have the famous “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, this super catchy song that got stuck in our heads since the first time we watched the movie! The song is performed by several members of the family Madrigal and their memories of Bruno, for example Pepa and Felix tell the story of their wedding day and how Bruno “ruined” it by saying it looked like rain, but in reality it was Pepa the one that made it rain when she got all worried. Dolores explains that Bruno’s prophecies frightened and confused the family and Camilo portrays Bruno as this monster that feasts on your screams when in reality Bruno was a shy person that never intended to hurt his family.
Lin Manuel Miranda actually describes the song as a gossip number because there are things family members do not talk about in front of each other. And is true, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” makes it seem like he is the villain at first but in reality is the family’s insecurities, their shame and their inability to talk about their troubles, in consequence of this, they made Bruno feel neglected when he was just trying to help.
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” became so popular that is now on the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts! The last Disney song to reach this position was “A Whole New World” by Aladdin in 1993, so congratulations to Lin Manuel Miranda and the whole Encanto team!
What do you think about the movie? Did you like it? Let us know and if you haven’t watch it, don’t forget to check it out on Disney+!
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