Encanto

Encanto

2021, PG, 99 min. Directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith. Voices by Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Darrow, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Angie Cepeda, Wilmer Valderrama, Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., Nov. 26, 2021

The Madrigal family’s enchanted casa is imaginatively alive in this Disney computer-animated musical showcasing Latin-infused songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton). From the outside, this fairy-tale mansion nestled in the Colombian mountains is a carousel of color, its multi-pastel adobe façade accented by vibrant purple and pink bougainvillea, a welcoming front door painted teal. (Yes, there’s a passing resemblance to Cinderella’s castle.) But its exquisiteness goes beyond a strikingly otherworldly appearance. The Madigral home is possessed, not by ghosts or demons, but by a miraculous candle with an eternal flame that its long-ago recipient, the somewhat tyrannical family matriarch Abuela Alma (Botero), stubbornly believes will never snuff out. The shutters flap open and shut to wave hello; tile floors ripple to respond to a question; and window seats shrug when stumped for an answer. What’s more, shoes catapult to land into feet; coffee pots tilt to pour themselves; and open cupboards release dishes to set the dinner table. It’s a blast to anticipate what this spellbound abode will do next, making it the best thing about Encanto.

In keeping with the movie’s fantastic premise (call it “magicky realism” – it’s a kid’s movie, not Gabriel García Márquez or Isabel Allende), the candle bestows a unique gift upon each person in the Madrigal lineage once he or she reaches a certain age. That is, all except for poor Mirabel (Beatriz), Alma’s bespectacled teenaged granddaughter, who was not granted any extraordinary aptitude in the family door-opening ritual performed years ago. For Mirabel’s maxi-biceped sister, Luisa (Darrow), it was superhuman strength; for her pretty and perfect other sister, Isabela (Guerrero), it was the ability to make flowers instantaneously bloom. But not all special knacks are appreciated, such as exiled Uncle Bruno’s Cassandra-like talent for seeing the future. The family’s black sheep of sorts, he presaged the fall of the house of Madrigal upon the future extinguishment of the talisman’s not-so-eternal flame, an unwelcome vision that Mirabel likewise witnesses not long after her beloved home literally begins to crack up. Guess who’s going to save the day?

With its bold visual sense and fanciful storyline (credited to six writers, no less), Encanto feels like a companion piece to Coco, but it has nowhere near the same emotional heft as that far superior 2017 Oscar-winner. Miranda’s musical contribution is respectable (the best song is performed in Spanish), though not terribly memorable for either grade-schooler or parent. Granted, there’s nothing to dislike about this latest animated film in the Disney canon (No. 60!), but there’s also not much about it that sticks either, except for that crazy casa. ¡La tiene mucho encanto!

Showtimes

Wed., Dec. 1

2:55, 3:40

Wed., Dec. 1

2:55, 6:00

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Wed., Dec. 1

2:40, 3:40

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Wed., Dec. 1

5:00
CC/DVS 4:20, 7:20

Thu., Dec. 2

CC/DVS 7:20

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Wed., Dec. 1

CC/DVS 1:15, 4:00

Thu., Dec. 2

CC/DVS 11:30am

Fri., Dec. 3

CC 10:40am, 11:40am, 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
CC 10:40am, 11:40am, 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
CC/DVS 10:40am, 1:20, 4:00

Sat., Dec. 4

CC 10:40am, 11:40am, 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
CC 10:40am, 11:40am, 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
CC/DVS 10:40am, 1:20, 4:00

Sun., Dec. 5

CC 10:40am, 11:40am, 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
CC 10:40am, 11:40am, 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
CC/DVS 10:40am, 1:20, 4:00

Mon., Dec. 6

CC 1:15, 4:00
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:00

Tue., Dec. 7

CC 1:15, 4:00
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:00

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., Dec. 1

2:40, 5:35, 8:30
3-D 12:40, 6:35
3D 12:40, 6:35
digital 1:40, 2:40, 3:35, 4:35, 5:35, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:25
XD 1:10, 4:05

Thu., Dec. 2

XD 1:10, 4:05

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Dec. 1

digital 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Thu., Dec. 2

digital 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Wed., Dec. 1

3-D 8:15
3D 8:15
digital 1:30, 2:15, 4:25, 5:15, 7:15

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Dec. 1

3-D 2:10
3D 2:10
digital 1:15, 4:00, 4:55, 6:45

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Wed., Dec. 1

digital 4:00, 6:45

Thu., Dec. 2

digital 4:00, 6:45

Wed., Dec. 1

4:20, 4:40, 7:20

Thu., Dec. 2

4:20, 4:40, 7:20

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Wed., Dec. 1

1:30, 4:30
EVX 12:00, 3:00

Thu., Dec. 2

1:30, 4:30
EVX 12:00, 3:00

Fri., Dec. 3

12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:45, 4:30, 5:15, 6:45, 7:30
EVX 12:00, 3:00

Sat., Dec. 4

12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 4:30, 5:15, 6:45, 7:30
EVX 12:00, 3:00

Sun., Dec. 5

2:15, 3:00, 6:00, 6:45
EVX 1:45, 4:30

Mon., Dec. 6

11:45am, 1:15, 2:30, 4:00, 5:15, 6:45
EVX 12:30, 3:15

Tue., Dec. 7

11:45am, 1:15, 2:30, 4:00, 5:15, 6:45
EVX 12:30, 3:15

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., Dec. 1

12:30
EVX 11:00am, 2:00, 4:45

Thu., Dec. 2

9:45am, 10:30am, 1:15, 3:15, 4:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:45
EVX 11:00am, 2:00, 4:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., Dec. 1

10:15am, 2:15, 5:30, 8:45

Thu., Dec. 2

10:15am, 3:00, 5:30, 10:20

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Wed., Dec. 1

CC 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15

Thu., Dec. 2

CC 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15

Fri., Dec. 3

CC 12:45, 3:40, 6:45, 9:45

Sat., Dec. 4

CC 12:45, 3:40, 6:45, 9:45

Sun., Dec. 5

CC 12:45, 3:40, 6:45, 9:45

Mon., Dec. 6

2:00
CC 2:15, 3:15, 5:00, 7:45, 9:45, 10:30

Tue., Dec. 7

CC 2:15, 3:15, 5:00, 6:40, 7:45, 9:45, 10:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Dec. 1

3-D, CC 12:00, 12:00, 6:00, 6:00
3-D, CC 12:00, 12:00, 6:00, 6:00
3-D, CC/DVS 12:00, 6:00
3D, CC/DVS 12:00, 6:00
CC 12:30, 12:30, 1:00, 1:00, 1:30, 1:30, 3:00, 3:00, 4:00, 4:00, 4:50, 4:50, 6:20, 6:20, 7:00, 7:00, 7:55, 7:55, 9:00, 9:00, 9:40, 9:40, 10:00, 10:00
CC 12:30, 12:30, 1:00, 1:00, 1:30, 1:30, 3:00, 3:00, 4:00, 4:00, 4:50, 4:50, 6:20, 6:20, 7:00, 7:00, 7:55, 7:55, 9:00, 9:00, 9:40, 9:40, 10:00, 10:00
CC/DVS 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:00, 4:50, 6:20, 7:00, 7:55, 9:00, 9:40, 10:00
OC, sub-titled, sub-titles 3:30

Thu., Dec. 2

3-D, CC 12:00, 12:00, 6:00, 6:00
3-D, CC 12:00, 12:00, 6:00, 6:00
3-D, CC/DVS 12:00, 6:00
3D, CC/DVS 12:00, 6:00
CC 12:30, 12:30, 1:00, 1:00, 1:30, 1:30, 3:00, 3:00, 3:30, 3:30, 4:00, 4:00, 4:50, 4:50, 6:20, 6:20, 7:00, 7:00, 7:55, 7:55, 9:00, 9:00, 9:40, 9:40
CC 12:30, 12:30, 1:00, 1:00, 1:30, 1:30, 3:00, 3:00, 3:30, 3:30, 4:00, 4:00, 4:50, 4:50, 6:20, 6:20, 7:00, 7:00, 7:55, 7:55, 9:00, 9:00, 9:40, 9:40
CC/DVS 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:50, 6:20, 7:00, 7:55, 9:00, 9:40
OC, sub-titled, sub-titles 10:00

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., Dec. 1

4:35, 7:15

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Wed., Dec. 1

6:00, 9:00

Thu., Dec. 2

6:00, 9:00

Fri., Dec. 3

6:00, 9:00

Sat., Dec. 4

6:00, 9:30

Sun., Dec. 5

6:00, 9:00

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Wed., Dec. 1

CC/DVS 3:20, 4:20, 6:00, 7:00

Thu., Dec. 2

CC/DVS 6:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Dec. 1

3-D, CC 12:30, 6:45
3-D, CC/DVS 12:30, 6:45
3D, CC 12:30, 6:45
CC 11:45am, 12:10, 1:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 6:00, 6:25, 7:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15, 9:50, 10:15
CC/DVS 11:45am, 12:10, 1:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 6:00, 6:25, 7:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15, 9:50, 10:15

Thu., Dec. 2

3-D, CC 12:30, 6:45
3-D, CC/DVS 12:30, 6:45
3D, CC 12:30, 6:45
CC 11:45am, 12:10, 1:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 6:00, 6:25, 7:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15, 9:50, 10:15
CC/DVS 11:45am, 12:10, 1:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 6:00, 6:25, 7:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15, 9:50, 10:15

Fri., Dec. 3

CC 11:50am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:35, 3:35, 4:20, 5:25, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 9:20, 10:10

Sat., Dec. 4

CC 11:50am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:35, 3:35, 4:20, 5:25, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 9:20, 10:10

Sun., Dec. 5

CC 11:50am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:35, 3:35, 4:20, 5:25, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 9:20, 10:10

Mon., Dec. 6

CC 11:50am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:35, 3:35, 4:20, 5:25, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10

Tue., Dec. 7

CC 11:50am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:35, 3:35, 4:20, 5:25, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Wed., Dec. 1

12:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:15, 5:00, 6:00, 8:00

Thu., Dec. 2

12:00, 1:00, 2:45, 4:15, 5:00, 6:00, 8:00

Fri., Dec. 3

11:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

Sat., Dec. 4

11:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

Sun., Dec. 5

11:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

Mon., Dec. 6

12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

Tue., Dec. 7

12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 5:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Wed., Dec. 1

12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 7:00

Thu., Dec. 2

12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 7:00

Fri., Dec. 3

10:30am, 11:30am, 2:45, 4:45, 6:00

Sat., Dec. 4

10:30am, 11:30am, 2:45, 4:45, 6:00

Sun., Dec. 5

10:30am, 11:30am, 2:45, 4:45, 6:00

Mon., Dec. 6

12:00, 2:45, 4:45, 6:00

Tue., Dec. 7

12:00, 2:45, 4:45, 6:00

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Wed., Dec. 1

CC 11:10am, 12:30, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:50, 7:10, 8:30, 9:50

Thu., Dec. 2

CC 11:10am, 12:30, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50

Fri., Dec. 3

CC 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50

Sat., Dec. 4

CC 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50

Sun., Dec. 5

CC 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50

Mon., Dec. 6

CC 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50

Tue., Dec. 7

CC 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50

Wed., Dec. 1

1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15

Thu., Dec. 2

1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Dec. 1

3-D, CC 8:45
3-D, CC/DVS 8:45
3D, CC/DVS 7:45
CC 11:30am, 12:00, 12:30, 2:10, 2:45, 3:10, 4:50, 5:30, 5:50, 7:30, 8:15
CC/DVS 11:30am, 12:00, 12:30, 2:10, 2:45, 3:10, 4:50, 5:30, 5:50, 7:30, 8:15

Thu., Dec. 2

3-D, CC 8:45
3-D, CC/DVS 8:45
3D, CC/DVS 7:45
CC 11:30am, 12:00, 12:30, 2:10, 2:45, 3:10, 4:50, 5:30, 5:50, 7:30, 8:15
CC/DVS 11:30am, 12:00, 12:30, 2:10, 2:45, 3:10, 4:50, 5:30, 5:50, 7:30, 8:15

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