Nostalgia dipped in cuddling sweet childhood memories. Those who are familiar with A.A. Milne’s sweet like honey Pooh Bear and Acre Wood, director Marc Forster (FINDING NEVERLAND, MONSTER’S BALL) in CHRISTOPHER ROBIN doesn’t disappoint them in particular and manages to find a place ‘somewhere’ in the hearts of those who are not as well. However, the screen adaptation fails to achieve that overwhelming sweep which A.A. Milne’s stories — or their animated Disney adaptations did.
Bells of separation rings as the young Christopher Robin (Orton O’Brien) is sent to boarding school and he has to leave his friends Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) Eeyore (voiced by Brad Garrett) a toy donkey, Piglet (voiced by Nick Mohammed) Rabbit (voiced by Peter Capaldi) Kanga (voiced by Sophie Okonedo) a toy kangaroo, Roo (voiced by Sara Sheen) a toy joey – child of Kanga, and Tigger, a toy tiger.
Thirty years later, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor grown up) is now married and is too busy with his work to give time to his family. All of a sudden, Winnie the Pooh appears in London and some lessons on family, love, life and togetherness are learnt.
The old school charm, the philosophy of– growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional and the idea of unleashing the child in you to become a better human and the endearing voice over of Jim Cummings makes the cut. Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, his wife (Hayley Atwell) and daughter (Bronte Carmichael) are endearing as well.
In reality, Christopher Robin is not the one who fight in the World War II, this one is fictionalized who goes to battle in a prologue. It’s somewhat awkward when Pooh utters lines from King Lear “ Nothing comes from Nothing’, the friends of Christopher where stuffed and made by old clothes, they got life by the child’s believe and imagination (this soul stirring feeling is missing in the movie), here they appear as animated creatures right from the word go. Marc Forster may have done ‘nothing’ in the above mention areas but as Pooh says, “ Nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday’ this one cracks the right code and spins your childhood memories and makes you fall in love with your family again.. that’s what a Disney film is suppose to do and CHRISTOPHER ROBIN does that with a sweet smile