Disney has recreated the famous Winnie the Pooh, a story which I hope would never end and will be remembered. Some may recognise that there has just been a Winnie the Pooh film, ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ however they are not connected and instead tell rather a different story. This ‘Christopher Robin’ embeds our beautiful Hundred Acre Wood characters in a story of adventure and takes us on a journey of growing up and remembering to smile and enjoy life along the way. Of course with Winnie the Pooh at the forefront and a grown-up Christopher Robin believing Pooh to be something of his past.
Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is all grown-up, with a wife, Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and a daughter, Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). And with an all-very serious job, with his important papers and missing time away from his family to dedicate everything to his work. But who else to appear than a “silly old bear” to help Christopher Robin find his way to the important things in life. With a fascination in a red balloon and the need to be polite to everyone, Winnie the Pooh crawls his way through the tree door Christopher Robin used to appear from. And into his old best friend’s life he crashes after decades. And this is where our beautiful little adventurous journey begins. Winnie the Pooh is in London, not in Hundred Acre Wood, and he is smiley and saying ‘hello’ to everyone that passes to their astonishment of a talking bear in a little red top.
I truly loved this film, it was beautiful, emotional and full of nostalgia. It was funny and played on the heart strings at the same time. All very clever in a simple plot (it didn’t need to be anything complicated), something for the whole family to enjoy. The voice of Winnie the Pooh is so perfect, the reminiscing of the Pooh we remember in childhood as Jim Cummings once again voices this excellent bear.
Pooh is actually an extremely comical character, he got me laughing a few times with his whispered games or his confusion to people’s reaction to him. Eeyore is also an hilarious character, a character riddled with sadness but comical in the way he becomes to dull and gloom about every little thing, for example as he sadly says goodbye to the bucket he landed in head first. We go on an adventure of Christopher Robin learning what it’s like to be young again, to not be so serious about every little thing, the importance of smiling and laughing, of imagination and playing. So just alike to this stunning moral, you don’t have to be a child to watch this film, actually most in the cinema with me were adults. It also goes without saying that the animation was phenomenal. I would recommend this film if you believe it would be one you would enjoy, it certainly wasn’t a let-down!
Christopher Robin: “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something”.