Godmothered is a new holiday movie being released on December 4th and streaming exclusively on Disney+. If you have Disney already, you’ll want to add it to your holiday viewing list and if you don’t have Disney +, here’s why you might wanted to consider adding a subscription.
Is Godmothered a good movie?
Godmothered is not the best movie I’ve ever seen and not the best Christmas movie I’ve ever seen but it is the movie I (and probably you) need right now.
What makes a good movie?
A outstanding cast, an original storyline, incomparable acting, and all the other Oscar-worthy things like sets, costumes, sound editing, etc.
What makes a good Christmas movie?
Something that makes you laugh or feel and totally immersed in the spirit of Christmas. And it’s something you plan to watch over and over again, ebery year.
What makes Godmothered the best movie RIGHT NOW?
Let’s break it down. by everything you need to know about this Disney+ original movie available for streaming on December 4th.
Imagine there’s a school in a place called the Motherland that trains Fairy Godmothers. The problem is nobody really needs or believes in fairy godmothers anymore so the school is falling dormant, save for Eleanor – the young ambitious fairy-in-training among the jaded unassigned fairy godmothers.
When Eleanor hears the school may be closing, she sets out to find an assignment and prove that fairy godmothers are still needed to bring a “happily ever after.”
The problem is that her assignment stems from a letter written by a young girl who’s now an older, jaded, single mom living in Boston.
This cast is full of people that will make you say, wait, where do I know them from? And I’m happy to report that I figured them all out!
Eleanor is delightfully played by Jillian Bell and if you don’t recognize her immediately, you’ll probably know her from her role as Aunt Lorraine in Goosebumps who bedazzled the NY Yankees hat for her nephew and fell madly in love with R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black).
Her assignment is to find young Mackenzie Walsh, now an adult single mom working as a local news producer and played (or downplayed) by Isla Fisher. It’s a more subdued role for her but she plays it well and with heart.
When you have two strong leads, the rest is gravy but you’ll appreciate a lot of the standout supporting players.
Jane Curtain, looking lovely at 74, plays the headmistress at the Fairy Godmother school. And look closely or rather listen closely to some of the fairies in the classroom. I immediately recognized the voice of Sonia Manzano from SESAME STREET! You guys!
Also, if you were a Mad TV fan like I was, you’ll recognize Stephnie Weir as the almost perfect news anchor.
There were also some new-to-me cast members that I thought were wonderful: Santiago Cabrera played reporter Hugh Prince (I bet you can figure out how that name plays into the story), Artemis Pebdani (what a great name!) plays camerawoman Duff, and Mackenzie’s older daughter, Jane, played by Jillian Shae Spaeder.
In true middle-aged mom fashion, I listened to “Rise Up” the beautiful song sung by Jillian Shae Spaeder near the end of the film and thought, Wow, she’s really good. She could be really famous! Apparently, she already is. I now know that she’s been on Disney XD and has more social followers that I could ever dream of. But she’s just lovely.
The No-Spoiler Ending
It’s Disney and it’s a holiday movie so you will get your happy ending. It just isn’t necessarily delivered with the big red bow you might be expecting. We find that living happily might be an acceptable substitute for happily ever after.
Overall Thoughts on Godmothered
The movie has elements of Elf in it, a naive believer who just wants to do good in the world without really understanding the world. It’s not as clever or funny but it’s just perfect for this holiday season.
This movie skeptic who normally rolls her eyes at predictable storylines ate this one up. I smiled (no outright laughter) and I maybe even teared up a few times (but don’t tell anyone).
It’s a perfect movie to watch right now to forget about the rest of the madness in the world and just feel good. And it’s suitable for all ages although I’d recommend it for ages 7 and up. You may have trouble getting your 13 year old son to watch it (he declined) but if your husband is a softie, like mine, he’ll dig it too.
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