Release date: July 30, 2018
Based on: Winnie-the-Pooh (stories written by A. A. Milne)
Directed by: Marc Forster
Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed
Box office: $1.5 million (Thursday previews)
Christopher Robin as an adult encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh.
Bringing everyone’s favorite bear of very little brain to the big screen for a live action adventure, Christopher Robin brings audiences a fun and enjoyable film in nearly every possible way. While it begins with him as a boy, it quickly takes the viewer through all of Christopher Robin’s experiences which turned him into the adult he is for the majority of the film. Not only is this great for establishing character, showing why he acts the way he does throughout most of the story, it’s also good in showing how different he appears to the old friends he’s left behind. Additionally, seeing where it all goes as Pooh and the gang attempt to bring some joy back to his life is engaging.
There is some talented acting in this film as well, especially by McGregor as the titular character. He gives an incredibly realistic performance as an overstressed and overworked businessman choosing work over his family. Further Atwell and Bronte Carmichael do well as an exasperated wife who has had enough and a daughter wishing to spend some quality time with her father not having to do with work or learning respectively. As for the vocal performances, Cummings gives the same fantastic portrayal of Pooh and Tigger he usually does and all the other voice actors do well in their roles. Notably, Garrett manages to make his Eeyore sound almost exactly like the way Ralph Wright initially played him.
The film does well with its technical aspects too. There is some fascinating editing in the beginning, presenting all the transitions between Robin’s experiences as chapters in a book with the same style of illustrations found in the original stories. It’s an admirable nod to the shorts that played with how they were taking place in a book. Moreover, the designs for Pooh and all the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood are all interesting, keeping with the original notion of them all being stuffed animals and making it look as if they actually were made when Robin was a boy.
From the youngest child full of wonder to the oldest curmudgeon burdened by cynicism, this is definitely a film to check out