Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin

(2018)

Sooner or later, your past catches up to you.

Winnie-the-Pooh revisits his old pal Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), now an overworked family man, and helps him to rediscover the joys in life.... More

Christopher Robin's work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang including Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions… because best friends will always be there for you.Hide

Flicks Review

Only a grown man who has retained his boyish charm could look believable on this surreal quest to reconnect with his childhood soft toys. Ewan McGregor carries it off admirably in this Disney fantasy centred on a grown up Christopher Robin, manager in a failing London luggage company.... More

At the last minute, due to a financial crisis at work he cancels a weekend in the countryside with his charming wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and pretty daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). He has let them down once too often. His wife signals a trial separation.

That night, Pooh miraculously finds his way to Christopher’s home and he agrees to accompany him back to the atmospheric Hundred Acre Wood to help him find his lost friends. Jim Cummings provides Pooh’s melancholy voice. His conversations with Christopher Robin about why he should turn his life around are soulful but somewhat ponderous.

This warm hearted family movie moves at a gentle pace. There are just a few scary moments such as when Christopher falls into the swirling waters of a deep pool which could be disturbing to very young children. Thankfully, the pace speeds up towards the end when there is a wild chase through the London streets to deliver Christopher’s important papers before his final presentation to the Winslow Board.

Disney had the freedom to do whatever it liked with Christopher Robin’s life story as it bought the license for Milne’s characters 60 years ago. In real life, after the war years, Christopher ran a bookshop for twenty years with his wife Lesley.

From all accounts they were great parents to their only daughter Clare who was severely disabled with muscular dystrophy.

I wish that Disney had not strayed so far from reality by reimagining Christopher Robin’s daughter as Madeleine, a very pretty able bodied girl. Had she been allowed to be more like the real Claire who had a very positive attitude to her disability, it would have been a more moving and inspiring film.Hide


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A good nostalgia ride that has heart behind it. It's a good kids movie, albeit nothing better than "better than average".


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The Press Reviews

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    Mostly it's all just a bit too easy. Full Review

  • Christopher's lengthy two-hander scenes with Pooh quickly wear out their welcome; what at first is agreeably amusing shortly becomes grating, then just tedious. Full Review

  • Every time things start to get goopy, we get silent-comedy slapstick like Pooh destroying the Robins’ household. Full Review

  • Everyone’s trying hard, but they can’t quite live up to the particularly gentle, warm tone of Pooh himself. Full Review

  • The movie basically ingratiates itself with kids by scolding adults for losing track of what’s important, and yet, both in the 1930s and today, a responsible father doesn’t really have the option of quitting his job. Full Review

  • A well-played political message about economic equality responsibly caps off the fable, but Pooh's luxurious yet outdated philosophy about "doing nothing to achieve something" sticks out like a heffalump in the room. Full Review

  • The lessons Christopher must learn - don't work too hard, hold your most cherished memories close, love your family and friends above all else - are nothing if not obvious. And, much like Pooh himself, always worth revisiting. Full Review

  • Once Christopher Robin softens its insufferable, needlessly cynical conception of the title character, it offers more or less what a Pooh reboot should: a lot of nostalgia, a bit of humour and tactile computer animation. Full Review

  • It might well get under the skin of a few Mums and – especially – Dads. But the nippers sitting next to them are more likely to be crying with boredom than ennui. Full Review

  • This Bear of Very Little Brain and friends are rendered with a gently accessible old-school childish delight and make for a great school holiday watch. Full Review

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