Movie Review: Christopher Robin

christopherrobinThe first movie that I want to discuss is Disney’s Christopher Robin. There are several things about this movie that I want to share with all of you. While we all know the character of Christoper Robin from the Winnie the Pooh series of films, books and shorts. If you haven’t seen this film yet, then this post will contain spoilers. 

The film picks up where the original Winnie the Pooh adventures ends, when Christopher has to leave the Hundred Acre woods and he is talking to Pooh about doing nothing. It’s a sweet moment in the film, in that this is the start of film. The film then goes from flashing to Christopher dealing with being school while missing about Pooh. Then we are flashed to the Hundred Acre wood, where Pooh is much like a lost child trying to understand why Christopher Robin is not there. Then we are shown this through several moments in Christopher’s life, such as when his father dies, when he meets his wife and then World War II. Then lastly when he starts his career.

This is when we really see that Christopher is all about all work and no play. This in effect makes him as a parent pass on the same thing. No more playing and enjoying times in the Hundred Acre Woods with Pooh. That is until Pooh shows up and insists that Christopher Robin has not changed, even though the language that he uses has changed but it has not phased Pooh at all for he knows deep down that the same boy that he used to play with is deep inside.

Then Christopher Robin is thrust back into the Hundred Acre Woods when he has to take Pooh back there for he does not belong in London. Along the way, Christopher is questioned by Pooh on how what is important to Christopher and if his daughter is happy. Christopher answers with only guesses for he does not know what his daughter really wants in life. This realization is shown a couple of times, such as when his daughter finds his boyhood things and writes him a letter along with a sample of his drawings with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the others from the Hundred Acre Woods. The letter simply says, “I never knew that you could draw so well.”

This also switches when Christopher’s daughter is talking to Pooh and Pooh throws out some clever things, and when she asks, “who said that?” Pooh would reply, “Christopher Robin.” The daughter goes back to the usual response, “That couldn’t be for that is not the Christopher Robin that I know.”

The film ends with Christopher finding his way to find the balance that he needed in his life between work and play.

This will was very well done, but while it is marketed as a children’s film, I would say that this is more of an adult film. Themes in the movie and some of the dialog go often times over a child’s head. Granted, the animation for Pooh and the other characters get the children’s attentions very quickly but for everything else this film is more adult than child.

I enjoyed this film for it was nice change of pace from other films that have been put out lately this summer. Now granted while I was watching this film, my mind was quickly thrown to Charles Dickens’s book Hard Times. Yes, the book was boring but if it was paired with this movie it wouldn’t be such a snooze fest. If you have yet to read it, I would suggest that you read it for it very much paints the world as there are those that been given the chance to use their imagination and those that have not. I would say that this book should be read as a follow-up to watching the film.

I’m giving this movie five honey pots out of five. This film will be a classic for years to come.

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