Childhood memories are a powerful thing. Hopefully for most of us, they are of the happy variety. This is what Disney banks on with their live-action story about a boy named Christopher Robin.
Christopher Robin (2018) Film Review
Christopher’s boyhood days are full and happy as he plays all day long in the Hundred Acre Wood. There he spends days in the sunshine with his friends, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger (both voiced by Jim Cummings), Eeyore (Brad Garrett), Piglet (Nick Mohammed), and the rest of his pals. His happy world changes when he’s sent away to boarding school and then loses a parent. Because of circumstances, he grows up too quickly.
Then Christopher (Ewan McGregor) meets Evelyn (Hayley Atwell). The girl of his dreams, Evelyn is the only person with whom he lets his guard down. But then WWII invades London, and Christopher must leave behind his wife and the child they anticipate. Years later, Christopher is no longer himself, having forgotten anything and anyone save for his work. Until a chance encounter reminds him of long lost memories…
When it comes to our childhood memories, I have a feeling, many of us are nostalgic. When it comes to mine, I don’t have all that many in a specific sense, but there are some that stand out. One of them is the inclusion of Winnie the Pooh, and the catch phrase, “silly ole’ bear.” This is why, no matter how old I am or how adult I should be, I will always make time for this character, and his band of lovable friends.
Inside the pages of this cinematic story is a tale that will melt hearts. The story is actually on a much simpler scale than I anticipated, but come away appreciating more than I can express. There’s a kind of childlike wonderment to the story that will make you smile. It’s this wholesome and beautifully simple style that I love best about the film. From the moment I saw the trailer, Pooh Bear’s voice sent me into all the nostalgia feels. It may have been years since I watched any of the animated movies, but the trailer is all it took to remind me of that young girl who loved the adventures she went on with these characters.
At its heart, this is exactly what this film is all about. It’s about the things we lose along the way. The wonderment, the reminder to dream alongside our will to work hard, and most important, to love those in our lives. Christopher Robin is reminded of all this through his childhood friend, and his daughter, Madeline learns how to be a child.
Everything about this film is magical. I’m not sure I can even logically express how much I enjoy it. From the adorable Hundred Acre Wood gang (seriously, they’re darling) to the live-action cast (Bronte Carmichael is fabulous), everyone helps to create a world we don’t wish to step out of. It’s smashing to see Hayley in something so outside her norm, and Ewan is the perfect blend of uptight adult and boyhood memory.
Disney fans will adore this. Movie aficionados should love this. Anyone who wants to enjoy a heartwarming story full of things that make your heart happy will find an inspiring story in Christopher Robin. It’s bittersweet in a few places, but in the end, it’s all about embracing sunshine, and leaving everyone just where they should be.Revisit your childhood with old friends and the Hundred Acre Wood! Don't miss #Disney's Christopher Robin - When Childhood Favorites Come Alive! Click To Tweet
Content: This film contains nothing problematic apart from a brief war scene (nothing graphic). PG is its rating.