Godmothered Disney+ Movie Review

Godmothered Brings a Different Kind of Magic to Christmas

This year, it seems like Christmas and the holiday season may need a bit more magic. And Disney is bringing a different twist on the holidays with their new holiday movie being released on Disney+ – Godmothered. A mishmash of princess movie with a fairy godmother and a Christmas story all mixed into one. The movie is easily one made for kids and lovers of Hallmark movies, but is a fun addition to the holiday line up that kids of all ages may enjoy.

Following the story of Eleanor, a Fairy Godmother in training who finds out she may never obtain her dream of helping someone with their Happily Ever After as the Motherland is about to be shut down. If she doesn’t, her worst fear of becoming a Tooth Fairy may come true. Despite what she’s told to do, Eleanor finds a letter requesting help and decides that despite her lack of training, she is going to find the young girl and help her live her dream. Unfortunately, the little girl is all grown up and a bit cynical when it comes to the holiday season. Leading to antics and other issues as both Eleanor and Mackenzie figure out to handle the situation their now in.

Godmothered Disney+ Movie Review

What we loved about Godmothered

While Godmothered is set during the holiday season and focuses on Christmas there is no talk of specific holiday traditions, Santa or even religion. Yes, a movie focusing on Fairy Godmother’s and tooth fairies doesn’t bring in the guy in the big red suit. There’s no focus on gift giving, or piles of presents that are usually unobtainable by most families. It instead breaks from a lot of the traditional holiday movies and just focuses on the love of family as the meaning behind the holiday season.

This will help the movie be more enjoyable for families that don’t celebrate Christmas or even celebrate with Santa in their home. It doesn’t take away from the movie and just goes with the more standard traditional things like lights, family togetherness time and even parades.

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The Issues We Had with Godmothered

We’re going to give Godmothered a pass on some questionable CG at the beginning. But a mention to Eleanor being on drugs seemed to be out of place in a movie targeted to kids. It also seemed very… unDisney? (at least the modern version of the company)

Another issue we had with the movie is the lack of consistency in the background. Now, for kids or people just enjoying a fluffy cheesy holiday film this may not be a very big issue. But we constantly were laughing and wondering where the mountain range in the background came into play in the coastal towns of Massachusetts. This may be minor for some people, but does take you out of the movie if you’re into the details of things. But, we’re already in a reality that has Fairy Godmothers so we’re way far from reality anyhow.

Godmothered also very briefly deals with the death of a parent, something that a lot of kids and even solo parents may have a hard time dealing with. This is however handled well and mentioned throughout the movie a few times and almost normalized so it’s not a bad offense as others throughout the movie.

Overall, Godmothered is a fun bit of fluff and cheesy holiday movie. It is absolutely geared to the lover of love stories and Hallmark movies as well as kids. But if you’re not super into cheesy holiday films – this one may not be one for you this year.

Premieres Friday, December 4 on Disney+

Overall Rating:

Four Star Review

About Godmothered:

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.

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