If you are like me, you probably grew up watching a lot of Winnie the Pooh movies. In fact, there were 17 Winnie the Pooh features released between 1996 and 2010. That happens to be pretty much the timeline of my childhood so naturally when I heard that Christopher Robin was coming out this year, I was pretty excited to drench myself in Disney nostalgia.
The biggest problem that I had with the movie was the pacing. It was a very slow moving film that doesn’t have much of anything going on for the first third of the runtime. It can be pretty easy for one to zone out from time to time during the rising action because it moves so slowly. Also, the movie at times doesn’t make a lot of sense but since it is Winnie the Pooh I am willing to let that kind of stuff slide and say it is just the way things are.
The only other thing that disappointed me was the fact that I don’t really consider this a kids movie. Christopher Robin is a movie for people who grew up with these lovable characters so it really caters to ages 20-50 because the Winnie the Pooh feature films pretty much all came out between 1977-2010. For that reason, I think young children would be bored with this movie and I don’t consider it the great family film that it has been advertising itself as.
Nostalgia is just overflowing from every scene in Christopher Robin and it does a great job tugging at the heartstrings of the audience. Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell both give very delightful and heartfelt performances that are crucial to the emotional impact of the plot.
The animation of the animals from The Hundred Acre Wood is seamlessly blended with the real background images. The movie as a whole has somewhat of a dark and relatively colorless theme to it but there are still some beautiful shots to be seen. My favorite visual is when Pooh is walking through a field with Christopher Robin and he is brushing he arms against the tall grass and flowers as he walks along. It is really some beautiful imagery.
I wouldn’t call Christopher Robin a hilarious movie but it has so many chuckle-worthy moments throughout that makes a viewer feel like they were laughing the whole time. Most of these moments are just cute or silly one-liners said by Pooh or Eeyore the just make the audience giggle. I really want to commend director Marc Foster as well as all of the writers of this movie because I think they did a fantastic job with the script and character dialogue.
While this isn’t going to be anyone’s blockbuster of the summer, it is really a cute watch. For me personally, it reminded me a lot of my early childhood and I know it has done that for many others as well. The value of feeling like a little kid again cannot be understated in a movie. Even though this isn’t one of the best movies I have seen this year, Christopher Robin was still a great time and is a movie that I would suggest you watch if you grew up with Winnie the Pooh as a child.