By Cynthia Ayala
“A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.” —IMDB
Who doesn’t love a great movie about Winnie the Pooh. This movie was exceptional and part of what makes it such a great family is the fact that it has a level of maturity in it to address older audiences. It also capitalizes on nostalgia.
Ewan McGregor plays an adult Christopher Robin who had to let go of his childhood, becoming the man of the house, forgetting his childhood innocence. Despite becoming a parent, he then struggles with trying to be a good parent, balancing work life with family life and failing, continuously neglecting the joys of being a partner and father for his duties at work. That’s where the level of maturity comes in this film because you’re following an adult Christopher Robin and he’s trying to help Pooh Bear but he’s doing more than just helping Pooh Bear. The movie is an adventure for Christopher Robin as well as for audiences showing that growing up doesn’t mean letting go of the joys in life, sacrificing them for work.
The movie had so much heart and love in it and the way the film brought to life these iconic characters was so moving. I’m 27 years old and my heart filled with such a joy when I was watching this movie because it just reminds us that our childhood doesn’t have to be washed away in the bleak seriousness of the world. But again, that’s already been stated, more or less, in this review so let’s go back to Winnie the Pooh and friends. They were brilliant in how they were brought to life. The design and CGI made the characters look incredibly lifelike. The animation and conception of the characters made sure that the characters that brought so much joy to millions across the globe didn’t look cheap. Then there was the voice acting. The voice acting was top-notch, and the writers understood the dynamics and structure of the characters, making sure their vitality fit the character, bringing so much charm to the film. Once again Ewan McGregor is such a brilliant actor as he goes from stoic to a man who just wants to be a father who wants to do right by his child and have fun with his child. He doesn’t want what happened to him to happen to her, doesn’t want her childhood to be stripped away by adult responsibilities. He’s such a great actor and watching him on screen just is amazing (for the record I was just going to say this if he’s not Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie I’m going to flip a s***).
Overall this is an amazing movie there are some sayings I may be a little too dark for the children you know he does go off to WWII. It’s only one little thing but it might be a little too dark for children. Nevertheless, in the grand scheme of things it’s a movie that is telling a story. This is a movie that has all the heart and understanding of Winnie the Pooh and what Winnie the Pooh means two children old and new. It’s a way to bring in the family together and a way to teach good lessons to children and it’s a way to allow children to remain children and to just have fun sometimes. But what’s more is the film reminds all of us that well things maybe blink there’s always a sunrise and there’s always light and if you look hard enough you can find that happiness and you can find that joy in your life to balance out everything else. (★★★☆ | A)
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Directed by Marc Forster
Screenplay by Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy & Allison Schroeder
Story by Greg Brooker & Mark Steven Johnson
Based on Characters from Disney’s Winnie the Pooh & Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne & E. H. Shepard
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Jim Cummings & Brad Garrett
Rating | Length | Genre: PG | 1h 44min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures