Godmothered review by Bobby Blakey
The idea of a fairy godmother is typically only used in children’s books and animated films with a few live action films here and there. Despite this they are usually secondary characters to the rest of the story, but with the latest film Godmothered that is about to change. The film stars Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher, June Squibb and Jane Curtin. Could this latest Disney + film bring the magic to audiences or will it fail to grant its wish?
Godmothered follows Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training 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 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.
I am not typically a big fan of these kinds of movies and honestly had very low expectations, but I do typically find Jillian Bell funny and love all things June Squibb so was willing to give it a shot. To my surprise it is pretty dang entertaining and the focus on the Fairy Godmothers gives it that new perspective. This offers up the twist of making it into not only a fairytale, but a fish out of water story that was way better than I expected.
The story is simple and the fun twist of the kid already being grown up throwing it all into a world of chaos for Bell’s character. Here complete lack of knowing anything in the real world brings the laughs and innocence to the many fumbles she makes. These offer up the most laughs and sets the tone of more layers to the story than you might expect. It’s not overly complicated obviously but the dysfunctional chemistry between Bell and Fisher works perfectly to establish their relationship and build toward the films resolutions.
The film is silly, heartfelt, magical and an all-around fun time for the whole family. If you are looking for a fun flick that puts a new twist on the world of the fairy tale then check out Godmothered streaming exclusively on Disney +.