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🍯 Christopher Robin 🍯
Christopher Robin is absolutely everything I wanted it to be and more! I remember being sceptical of this film when I first heard its premise with the leak that Ewan McGregor would be playing Christopher Robin…but how? He’s just a kid! How are they going to animate the beloved characters of Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore….it’s going to ruin it all! These are all worries that raced through my head but all were soon put to rest with the initial trailer of the film which offered only a glimpse into how magical this film really is.
Disney has done it again – I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen the film as it really is quite a unique story. But in summary, Christopher Robin is an ode to the stories and characters of A.A Milne’s beloved stories. It has them all in there from the get-go and features stories from the original adventures with Winne the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. These tales are wonderfully weaved throughout the film which follows the titular character of Christopher Robin as an adult who has lost touch with his inner child. When faced with the reality of choosing work over spending time with his family Christophers’ beloved childhood friends journey out of the Hundred Acre Wood to set him back on the right track. It was quite funny watching this film as an adult, seeing the stories of Winne the Pooh unravel and realising just how profound and heart-warming the lessons taught really are.
It comes as no surprise to me that acclaimed director Marc Forster (director of Finding Neverland) is behind this magical movie. It is sure to pull on a couple of your heartstrings and give you the feeling yourself that you want to be a child again or go have a cuddle with one of your old beloved soft toys. Ewan McGregor is the man of the hour that allows all these feelings to be possible. I am always a fan of his work and this time is no different! His character arc shifting between moments of childish play to that of a stern hard worker are all very realistically executed and McGregor captures the heart of who I believe Christopher Robin would have become.
Despite being the titular role McGregor is not the scene stealer, instead this accolade belongs to the visual effects department, who according to Wikipedia (our most trusty source) is a team led by Chris Lawrence and Michael Eames. Each of the characters from the classic stories has been beautifully brought to life in such a new and refreshing way. I love how the reality of these characters being toys is kept true and shown throughout the details of their physical appearances and movements. Watching these characters move alone was enough to give me goosebumps and melt my heart. The visual effects and appearance of these characters also gives a lot of comedic value for an audience. Pooh being Pooh of course loves his honey and there is nothing more uncomfortable than watching him dig into a pot of honey and witnessing the sticky mess get matted in his fur. This alone should be enough to see the film and I haven’t even mentioned Eeyore. All the voices behind these characters have been perfectly cast!
Christopher Robin is a perfect film for the family! As my mother always said it is rare to find a film for all ages with no swearing, nudity, violence, etc. etc. and this one ticks all those boxes. I can’t give the film a perfect score as it did drag on perhaps a little too long and even made me a bit restless let alone a child but it certainly isn’t too much of a big deal. Kids are sure to fall in love with the characters of the Hundred Acre Wood whilst those that grew up with these stories are sure to be reminded of why they have remained so iconic. Profound and intelligent life lessons are told throughout in the simplest of ways and so to me the essence of what A.A Milne set out to accomplish with this world has remained true.
A sweet treat for all! Enjoy!
🌟 Rating: 9.5/10
🍦 Rating: Honey ~ Heartwarming and best served with toast and a nice cup of tea whilst pondering on the thoughts of life’s meaning.