I don’t really have a history with Winnie the Pooh. I know the character generally but I didn’t really grow up with much of that world. So I wasn’t so much intrigued because of the nostalgia factor here but I was intrigued by making this a movie about growing up and letting go, which is usually right up my alley.
Ewan McGregor stars as Christopher Robin, who as a child would wander the 100-Acre-Wood and spend time with a crew of a stuffed animals (and some real animals). Well, he’s grown up now and left all those toys behind. He now has a wife (Hayley Atwell) and daughter (Bronte Carmichael), both of which feel neglected because of his attention to work. Well, at just the right time, his old friends come back into his life to hopefully remind him what it’s like to live again.
I think I needed to see this movie. It’s incredibly heartfelt and managed to hit all the right notes for me. Ewan McGregor does an incredible job delivering a very three-dimensional performance, with a character that you’re rooting for but is also a bit of a jerk.
The real star of the show are these stuffed animals, most notably Winnie the Pooh. Every line he says is either hilarious or poignant. And the visual effects were astounding, looking like actual stuffed animals as they ran around on their adventures. Even small bristles of hair moved in the wind, it looked absolutely realistic.
And for me, this was an emotional one, though I cried more towards the beginning of the film than the end, which was a bit underwhelming for me. If you need some good emotional moments, this movie will do it.
In trying to pinpoint why I liked this movie, I realized it was directed by Marc Forster, who also directed one of my top favorites Stranger Than Fiction.
What doesn’t work?
The only complaint I have is that the ending didn’t punch me like I wanted. I went into this movie full-well knowing that I would cry so I wanted to cry. At the end, I felt joy, but it wasn’t the satisfying conclusion I had hoped for.
Christopher Robin is a very special movie. It was surprisingly funny and witty, relying on the eccentric cast of stuffed animals to deliver the heart and charm of the film. I had a great time and felt a lot of emotion, though it was definitely front-weighted and I found the climax to be a tad underwhelming in that department. Overall, this is a great movie, I’m not sure why so many big outlets are giving it mediocre scores. Maybe it’s just a movie that I needed to see right now.