Cinema Spotlight: Christopher Robin
Review by Claire Hoenecke
Christopher Robin is simple nostalgic film about learning to appreciate life’s simplicity.
The film begins with a beautifully edited montage of Christopher growing up. Afterwards, we find Christopher as the efficiency manager of a luggage company. He is a workaholic who must sacrifice a weekend with his family in order to build a new budget. His weekend of work comes to a standstill when his childhood companion Winnie the Pooh comes out of the hundred acre wood to ask for Christopher Robin’s help finding all of his friends who have mysteriously disappeared.
The film is sweet even though it takes some time to get going. Seeing these classic characters on the big screen is a treat as they are just as endearing and unique as they have ever been. Ewan McGregor is the perfect Christopher Robin. He embodies the childlike joy the role requires with contagious joy. The film’s plot is straightforward, but in a time where many films are over-complicated, Christopher Robin’s simplicity is refreshing.
Christopher Robin is sweet and while at times it can feel underwhelming, that’s the whole point. Life is busy and complicated and as Pooh says, “Sometimes doing nothing can lead to the best something”.
Christopher Robin is rated PG for some action.