Review Christopher Robin: Disney’s new rendition of Christopher Robin reminds me of the twist that Mark Osborne has done to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince in 2015. At some points, the story development also has similarities to Mr. Holmes. However, if there’s an invention to make to retell the century-long centuries of the titular character along with his animal friends, Winnie-the-Pooh and friends, Marc Foster’s Christopher Robin serves its purpose.
When it begins, the movie brought us back to Hundred Acre Woods where Christopher bid a farewell to his childhood friends before enrolling in a board-school. Then, as grown-ups say, live begins—loss, war, marriage, childbirth, career—and time flies;. The innocent, adventurous Christopher is no more; what’s left is a working-laden, grown-up Christopher (Ewan McGregor), who doesn’t even have time for a family getaway in a weekend homecoming trip. In the moment of crisis, his childhood memories cross path with his mundane, grown-up life in another Christopher Robin-esque adventure.
Ewan McGregor with Hayley Atwell and Bronte Carmichael as The Robins in Christopher Robin (2018)
Christopher’s return to the Hundred Acre Woods seems like an allegorical escapade from the hard-pressured working life. It’s almost like a battle of chants between Pooh’s “doing nothing often leads to the very best something” and Christopher’s boss, Winslow’s “dream doesn’t come for free; nothing comes from nothing.” At its very core, Christopher Robin is about a value for having a quality time amidst the never-ending works. Grown ups who used to be little will relate easily to the story, especially with the nostalgic recipe of this story.
Surprisingly, younger audiences might find the story is a little philosophy heavy, making it almost sidelining these audiences from its trajectory. The conflicting target audiences aim results in the movie’s stuttered story-telling. Christopher Robin is fuzzily injected with kid-friendly spectacles which, at times, fit the narrative perfectly, but some other time, distract the pace of the story.
Classic characters—Piglet, Winnie-the-Pooh, Rabbit, Kanga & Roo, Tigger and Eeyore all in one frame at Christopher Robin (2018)
There is a bothering, awkward setup in Christopher Robin’s narrative. At some points, it’s reflected as if Pooh and other friends are merely a product of Christopher’s mind, an allegorical escapade. It’s a consistently poignant plot point until at least half of the movie. However, it seems that the movie’s urgency to be kid-friendly retcons that notion, making Pooh and friends some real magical creatures. They missed a point here.
Even with that inconsistency, however, Christopher Robin serves its purpose to deliver message about quality time with family. That, along with the smooth CGI of Pooh and friends, could present a heartwarming story which makes Christopher Robin a slick family entertainment after all.
Christopher Robin (2018)
Animation, Family, Drama, Comedy Directed by: Marc Foster Written by: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder, Greg Brooker, Mark Steven Johnson based on characters by AA Milne & EH Shepard Starred by: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael Runtime: 104 mins