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Disney’s “Encanto” Offers a Fresh Kind of Magic

He who sees something good in a thing is almost always right; he who sees only bad is almost always wrong. With these sage words in mind, I try whenever possible to review films I suspect I might like. To be honest, walking into Disney’s latest theatrical release Encanto felt like a stretch. For a while now, I have felt critical of what has seemed Disney’s overall sugar-coating approach to the real character of human existence. A spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down, but when there is no medicine involved, all we get is candy. In other words, it has seemed to me that the House of Mouse could rightfully be accused of hawking falsity in the name of fantasy: come and enter our colorful little worlds of film and our amusement park only to escape the real world for…


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