“Enchantment” or Disney’s Broken Family | culture

Enthusiasm for superpowers and perfect characters in the world of Disney seems to be dying out. Or at least it seems to keep on rocking A charmhis new film, which has its world premiere this Thursday, and the company’s big Thanksgiving commercial engagement after the holiday Coconut Pixar Studios in November 2017. A charm It’s a film more magical realism than fantasy, but above all with more affection for the broken characters than the unsullied.

A charm, in its first scene, presents the wound carried by a Colombian family, the Madrigals. After being threatened in their town by a violent group of men, the Madrigal couple decide to leave their home with triplets. We don’t really know who the bullies are or why they are there. However, the tragedy is followed by a miracle: the surviving Madrigals will come to live in a new city called Encanto, where they will be protected by a candle that never goes out and that gives each descendant a magical gift. In madrigals there are children who can change the weather with their thoughts or heal a wound with an arepa; and there are grandchildren who understand the language of animals or hear conversations from miles away.

Under the musical direction of Puerto Rican Lin Manuel Miranda – who continues to release films this year with In the heights; Live Y Tbastard bookmarkBOOM!–, A charm This is a musical in which the salsa of Cartagena’s Joe Arroyo and the valenato pop of Samarium Carlos Vives also have a place. The movie it is co-directed and written by Charise Castro Smith, Jared Bush and Brian Howard, the last two installments of Zootopiathe 2016 movie Disney whose soundtrack featured another famous Colombian singer, Shakira.

Yes Coconut was inspired by an important Mexican tradition – the Day of the Dead – the story of A charm It is not based on tradition, but on a book: A hundred years loneliness Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. The famous Colombian novel takes place in the huge house of the Buendías, another migrant family ruled by the matriarch Ursula Iguaran, founders of the magical realism city called Macondo. Remedios la Bella, the most beautiful woman who could kill with her charm, or hundreds of yellow butterflies that haunted Mauricio Babilonia, passed by, among the many. In the village A charm there is no Ursula Iguaran, but there is another matriarch, Alma, the grandmother who survived the exodus; there is no Remedios la bella, but there is Isabella, a granddaughter whose magical gift is to be so beautiful that flowers spring up wherever she goes. And there is no Mauricio Babilonia, but suddenly the yellow butterflies that chased him appear.

For Disney, Macondo is the town of many migrant families looking for a better future, but without the tragic part in the novel that tells of a massacre. We do not know if the Madrigals were displaced by the FARC, or by the paramilitaries, or by the Colombian army, which would make them part of the nine million victims left by the war and whose future is more tragic and complicated than that of the Madrigals. The figure of the “bad guys” in the film is so ambiguous that in a review by a critic from San Francisco, the author believes that those who displace the family are those of border patrol: United States Immigration Agents. Perhaps this ambiguity is what makes it suitable for children from all over the world, but in this migrant town it hardly matters. in charm “evil” is pretty minor.

The real tragedy of A charm Disney also tells us at the beginning that the main character is the only one of the madrigals who does not have a magical gift: Mirabelle, a gentle girl with curly hair and green glasses, who experiences an identity crisis in this super-powered family. “You’re perfect just the way you are,” her mother comforts her, though like any praise from a mother to a teenager, it’s immediately ignored.

Mirabelle, our non-superpowered heroine, must discover throughout the film why her relatives are at risk of losing their magical gifts. without falling into spoilers, the most interesting thing about this movie is not what Mirabelle discovers at the end about her magical house and super powers in danger. The most interesting thing is what he finds along the way. Maybe her beautiful sister doesn’t want to marry the most handsome man in town (as her grandmother Alma hopes), and maybe her other sister – Louisa, a girl with super strength – is tired of working every day and needs interrupt Perhaps she herself, Mirabelle, lives better without a superpower that defines her entire identity. What allows Mirabelle to be Mirabelle is precisely her lack of charm.

in A charm the super powerful, the most beautiful, the strongest, the hardest working, the “Can do it all” grannies are going through their own identity crises. “You carry too much weight,” Mirabelle tells one of them. The whole family tries to appear happy from the beginning, even though they know that the house is full of cracks due to the expectations that others have placed on them, and with every wrong step, the whole house falls to the ground. The Earth..

What makes it more beautiful A charm are not references to A hundred years loneliness, nor its celebration of Colombian multiculturalism, nor its salsa, nor its arepas, nor its beautiful macaws. The best of A charm it is the sheer weight of expectations that are cultivated in the traditional family. Yes, good The film doesn’t question the heteronormative family—which is what Superman’s new gay couple already does—it’s an introduction that shows the youngest the huge rifts in a nuclear family. Sometimes it’s okay not to want to be super powerful, especially in the 21st century, and it’s okay not to try to please your elders. For those who bring their sons, daughters or daughters, the charm of the music and cartoons is for children, but the most urgent message is for adults. Maybe your little ones expectations will eventually be shattered and that’s okay, that’s charm too.

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