Maybe what we all need in life is to believe in a little bit of magic, because magic seems to be the one thing that is lacking in our lives. Our belief in love, happy endings, and magic seems to be lacking right now.
And I sometimes think that that is okay. I sometimes think that feeling a lack of magic keeps us sane and safe. And who wants their heart to be broken?
But maybe magic and belief in ones self can change everything.
Today’s Countdown to Christmas is Godmothered, which is airing now on Disney+. It’s not specifically a “Christmas” movie, but it is a movie set around the holidays and we’re running with it, because it’s a touching story that makes us believe in the power of magic, time, and the beauty of those that affect and change us.
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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As with any movie that she is in, Jillian Bell, captivates the screen. She’s hilarious, mesmerizing and joyful. She’s got this star power that captivates the screen and makes you laugh, smile, and root for her.
The long and short of the story – Eleanor wants to save the Godmothers, so she finds a letter that hasn’t been taken care of. Granted the person who wrote the letter was like 10 when she wrote it, but like hey, better late than never.
Eleanor’s mission in life is to be a fairy godmother and make the world a happy place. She wants people to achieve their dreams, but what she is showing you is that fairytales are outdated and that what you can achieve with realizing that there is more around you, things that you can accomplish, and places that you can grow inside.
Mackenzie was living a life where she was just existing. She was overwhelmed, but she had gone through a lot. Her husband passed, she was barely ever there for her kids, and was oblivious to what others were going through. She was trying to be the best, but the best wasn’t even a slice of who she could be.
And with Eleanor pushing her towards happiness – it wasn’t exactly what Mackenzie had wanted or the way that she had wanted it, but she was trying. She wanted to be perfect, but she wasn’t a failure (even though she felt like one).
Godmothered isn’t perfect, but it is a family friendly. It is a movie that reminds you of spirit and that there is a lot of love all around to be given.
Mishaps, craziness, and the enthusiasm of all the characters is part of what makes the movie charming and a fun watch.
And that ending, well… that’s one of our favorite things.
Godmothered is airing on Disney+ now.