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TYMNHS: Encanto

It has been a while, but for this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen, I will talk about Bruno… I mean, talk about the animated film, Encanto. 😁

My emotions are a bit high as I just finished watching this beautiful film. The colors, the music, the Madrigals family were all enchanting.

Encanto is about an extraordinary family with amazing gifts. The Madrigals family are the heart of their village. In fact, the village was created through the magic and sacrifice of Abuela Madrigals. On the most tragic night of her life, she found a special magical candle as a gift, which she shares with her family and her village.

In terms of the gifts, they are all unexpected: Having super strength, controlling the weather, seeing the future, having super hearing, talking to animals, shape-shifting, making flowers bloom, healing through food (yum!) plus the bonus of a magical fun house they live in. You can guess which family members have which abilities (no spoilers from me).

The songs are so fun. I especially liked “We don’t talk about Bruno” and “Surface pressure.”

So, what is the film about? The pressure to be perfect, when we are literally imperfect beings. (Why do we humans do this?)

The Madrigals family live in fear that they would let down others and lose their gifts, so they keep doing more. They can’t say no to any request, any proposal, even if they feel they are wearing themselves out under the constant pressure.

The pressure to be perfect literally causes cracks to appear in their home, until it all falls apart. Care and love, as well as remembering what was most important saves them, as it can save us, from tearing ourselves apart.

I love that Encanto is about the strength of a loving and supportive family. That it shows us how vulnerable and fragile we are without love and acceptance, be it from others, or ourselves. That without love and support, even the strongest person can feel weak, the prettiest can feel insecure, or the person with the most foresight, can feel lost.

In case no one told you, you are enough. Seriously, if someone makes you doubt yourself, just tell them, “Aisha told me that I am enough.”

Because you are ❀

Thank you for reading! 😊


Published by Aisha Urooj

I live in Toronto, Ontario. I love living in my multicultural city. My hobbies include writing, reading, painting and photography. I adore classic books and hope to someday emulate the books that I love and cherish. I have a newsletter you can join at Hope to see you there! 😊

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