BY COLIN CRAWFORD
Disney plus has released a plethora of original movies and tv shows, giving users access to exclusive content which has been especially amazing during the pandemic. One of the most recent releases was “Godmothered,” a sweet family film about a fairy godmother trying to help a dysfunctional family learn to live again.
The fun begins as the audience is introduced to Eleanor (Jillian Bell), who upon learning that fairy godmothers are being retrained as tooth fairies due to lack of demand, resolves to prove that fairy godmothers are still needed in the modern world. She goes into the human world to find Mackenzie Walsh (Isla Fisher) who wrote to her fairy godmother when she was a young girl. Walsh is now an adult with two young children and Eleanor is unsure of how to make her wish come true.
Jillian Bell, known for her sketch comedy work, is a bubbly delight as she shows she can go from raunchy to family fun effortlessly. Her bumbling character, Eleanor, is endearing and it is hard not to root for her. Bell has proved herself to be an amazing character actress with the sweet naivete of Eleanor. While Eleanor’s innocence is hilarious it seemed a little unbelievable at times, begging the question of whether she could really be so clueless, but when watching a movie like this one it is important for the audience to suspend their disbelief.
Fisher’s character, Walsh, is somewhat less imaginative and throughout the film her role as the tired single mother feels familiar to the point of being unoriginal. Fisher’s usually unique take on motherly roles was hindered by a poor script that did not allow her to explore the nuances of being a single mother with a fairy godmother.
However, Fisher cannot be discounted as she is a key part of the film and Eleanor’s antics affect her the most. She does her best in the role but even Walsh’s job is kind of corny. Working for a humbug boss at a failing tv station that doesn’t report news but instead focuses on nonsensical misrepresentation of fact is almost too much to handle. The poor orchestration of Walsh as a character is what caused Fisher to be sub par.
“Godmothered” should be praised for its visual effects, especially considering the film was made for a streaming service and not for wide distribution. From the unique and detailed Motherland where Eleanor hails from to the mesmerizing magic that Eleanor performs throughout the film, it is clear that the special effects were created by a top notch team. Disney usually does not give movies like “Godmothered” the budget to have a robust special effects element (Descendents, Kim Possible: The Movie). However, it is clear that “Godmothered” is the exception to the rule.
The most special part of this film would have to be the ending. It is truly remarkable and part of what makes this film shine. Eleanor learns that as a fairy godmother, helping people find true love doesn’t necessarily mean fixing them up in a relationship, true love cannot be put into a box. She shows the other fairy godmothers that sometimes people do not need a significant other to be happy. This message, while ironic coming from Disney who mass produced films that fed the exact opposite notion, is something to be celebrated, and it is heartwarming to know that the children of today will grow up with this moral of the story.