Disney has long been known for their Fairy Tales, and making all of us wish upon a star for just the right result if we believe hard enough. In Disney’s Godmothered, they take that formula and turn it realistic for us. Or as realistic as a fairy tale can be with a real life Godmother walking around Boston, attempting to fulfill the 30-year-old wish of her charge.
Set at Christmas time, Godmothered is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.
When you’ve grown up, you expect happily ever after in Disney movies to come on the tail of the princess finding true love and her purpose. This movie is no different, the way that it gets there is.
Mackenzie is a frazzled mom whose plate seems to be smaller to handle the situations of every day. A boss who is less than pleasing, and a home situation that’s full of grief and pushing feelings down instead of meeting them head-on.
Her fair godmother, Eleanor is set to make her believe in the magic of believing again, but that doesn’t mean that her task will be easy. I mean, Mackenzie is 40 years old, and the letter that she wrote at 10 years of age has long since been forgotten.
How do you change the view and belief of someone who has had an insurmountable amount of things happen in her life to wipe out the magic?
Well, you’ll just have to watch the movie and see!
Godmothered is available now on Disney+ and is well worth the watch with the entire family. ESPECIALLY the adults who need a reason to believe in magic around the holidays again. There are no swears, and several instances of good laughs.
I think that this film is safe for all ages, even with a few cases of adult humor. I know that many may not like the revelation of Mackenzie’s true love, but as someone who has lost so much in the last couple of years, I found it to be comforting, even if it wasn’t the most intricate fairy tale that Disney has told. Maybe I’m looking for that bit of magic as well? Who knows.
When you watch it, let me know what you think in the comments below!