Yes, we're going to Talk About Bruno.
As a therapist with 30 plus years under my belt I was shocked and delighted by this movie. It does alot to liberate the narratives of generational trauma, immigration, violence and the magic of survival. Thanks for writing a fantastic piece!!
Yay, this is the content I am here for!
I did really like this film too... one theory I read, I'd like to share with you. So, this theory says that Mirabel does actually have powers, and that they are only activated when she touches the doorknob on the front door towards the end of the film. But her power is not to heal the house, but rather to heal *the family*. I thought that was quite sweet, even if it was a bit woo woo/handwavy.
And yes I am all about Bruno :)
I love this, but there's just one thing. Bruno's not in his thirties, he's around 50 -- remember he and Pepa and Julieta are the triplets whom Alma was carrying when she fled her home town, and that was 50 years ago.
But ... but ... I just published a book that's a ghost story. And it's not scary. :-(
Thank you. I had not heard much about Encanto yet, but now I want to see it. It sounds like something I will enjoy.
Only skimmed this one as I haven’t seen the film. I hadn’t realised Lin-Manuel Miranda was involved in it! Like you, that’s enough to get me interested in seeing it. :)
I would say, if you’re waiting for Disney to make a family film that doesn’t end with a happy ending that solves everything, you’re going to be waiting a *long* time. Their predictability is one of the reasons they’re so popular.