Director: Marc Forster
Writer/s: A.A. Milne, Ernest Shepard, Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder, Greg Brooker, Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Ewen McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, and more.
Requested review from Matt Casey!
2022 we saw the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. So I felt it fitting to complete my boy’s request of the highly regarded “Christopher Robin” from 2018. To be honest with you all, I was never a big Winnie-the-Pooh kid/guy/organism, so I’ll be honest, when this came out I didn’t care too much to catch it. Which is reason enough why this is going to be my first view. So let’s get to it.
“A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.”
Honestly, I’m a bit upset at myself for sleeping on “Christopher Robin.” I should have saw the writing on the wall. Ewan McGregor, a beloved childhood character coming back to also appeal to the older generation, and the overall strong reception once it came out. Matt, thanks for this one. This was such an enjoyable and easy-going watch. While it obviously is light-hearted and silly for the kids to watch, it hit on some grown adult themes that has the opportunity to cause self-reflection among ourselves. It at least did for me. Major points there.
The performances of everyone here, voice work or physical acting work, is all fantastic. The core three of the Robin family are so endearing to watch. A family striving to love each other despite the demands of life. Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, and Ewan McGregor phone in the passion for each other home and it is simply lovely. Then we have our Pooh family voiced by Jim Cummings, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen, and Toby Jones. Their voiceover work injected me with this child-like euphoric feeling. That alone made this invested time worth it to simply feel something again.
I always love a movie that is appealing to multiple generations. The kids can love it, the adults can love it, the grandparents can love it, maybe even the snacks can love it. Regardless, “Christopher Robin” is a timeless experience that will stay relevant for years to come. A heartfelt message bolstered with great performances. I’m still upset I slept on this one for so long.
Now playing on Disney+
Edited by Erica McNatt
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