Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A young and unskilled fairy godmother ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored.
Review: Like Fatman, Godmothered is a Christmas movie with a difference. If you took Elf and Enchanted and mixed them together, you would probably come up with a movie that looks like Godmothered. And you know what? I ain’t mad at it!
The rum in this eggnog is most definitely Jillian Bell as Eleanor, a young (actually, the youngest) fairy godmother-in-training who finds out Motherland (the land of fairy godmothers) will permanently shut down before she could ever make anyone’s dreams come true. So she finds an unanswered letter from a young girl named Mackenzie (Isla Fisher from Wedding Crashers, Now You See Me films) and journeys to Boston to make her wishes come true, only to find out Mackenzie is all grown up and doesn’t believe in happily ever afters.
I’ve only seen Bell act in roles where she’s a raucous riot and R-rated fare like Office Christmas Party, Game Over Man and 22 Jump Street, just to name a few. So it was a sweet surprise to see her play the naïve, but sweet Eleanor. She plays the role with gusto and a sense of sincerity you can’t help but buy into. Fisher as Mackenzie is also fun and I couldn’t help but think of this character and this movie as a psuedo-sequel to Enchanted (although that film starred her look-alike Amy Adams and not Fisher herself).
Like most films of this ilk, Godmothered does fall into predictable territory, and for the most part you can tell exactly where each scene is going to land. The energy also tends to wane a bit in the second and third act, which again ties into the predictable nature of these types of stories.
That said, the message has been updated to show young girls you don’t need a Prince Charming to be happy. And there’s enough sweetness, heart and, dare I say, magic here, to make Godmothered an easy to watch and enjoyable movie which your families and friends can get behind during the holidays.
Sommer’s Score: 6 out of 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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