Wander down memory lane and back into the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin.
The film follows an adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), who has become all work and no fun. When Christopher receives a surprise visit from Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings), he must return to Hundred Acre Wood to help Pooh find his friends – Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl. Through this adventure, Christopher rediscovers happiness and discovers what is most important, family.
Although simplicity is expecting when you’re following around a stuffed teddy bear, there is great emotional depth to these tales. Unfortunately, Christopher Robin dances around any emotional authenticity.
Everything feels too easy and overly predictable. There was also a significant pacing issue, where the second half flowed appropriately yet the beginning dragged.
However, the film is charming and utter perfection for any fans of Winnie the Pooh and friends. It captures the whimsy and joy I got from the books and films as a child. Famous songs, sayings and settings had me smiling in my seat and thinking back to when I first met Pooh.
McGregor is a perfect Christopher Robin, capturing his boylike playfullness while also harnassing the darkness that comes with being an adult. I have often joked that McGregor took this film to be on Disney’s good side, so please, just give him his stand alone Kenobi film. He deserves it.)
Final Thoughts: Christopher Robin is a charming trip down memory lane yet lands too simplistic and predictable.