Movie Review: Christopher Robin (2018)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell and Bronte Carmichael

Directed by: Marc Foster

An adult Christopher Robin who is very career driven and less focused on his family life bumps into childhood friend Winnie the Pooh who teaches Christopher how to play again.

Upon hearing of Christopher Robin’s release I had no real desire to watch the movie as I never watched Winnie the Pooh as a kid but after seeing the trailer a few times during other cinema visits I warmed to the idea of sitting down and watching this movie. The trailer really did its job at showcasing the charm and love that Pooh possesses and the more I saw the trailer the more I just had to watch Christopher Robin so today was the day that my wife and I decided to pay a little visit to our local cinema and watch, what he had hoped for, a lovely feel good movie.

Christopher Robin is such a lovely movie that was full of feel good moments that simply warms your heart. The interactions between Winnie the Pooh and the adult Christopher Robin, played by Ewan McGregor, was a joy to watch and I think the script was very well written and McGregor’s performance was the best I’ve seen from him since The Impossible (2012). I spent so much time through the movie sitting, watching with a smile on my face as so much of the movie was lovely and charming and it delivered on so many levels. The movie was packed full of entertainment, comedy, charm, emotion and delivered some great life messages about family and to never lose your playful side.

I loved the setting of the movie as it’s set during the 1940’s/50’s and I feel the vintage nature of the movie only adds to the charm that this movie possesses and if Christopher Robin was set in modern day I don’t think it would be as enjoyable. It’s a visually beautiful movie with some great cinematography at times and the score is tremendous at setting the atmosphere which surrounds each aspect of the film. I loved Eeyore in this movie and think that Brad Garrett was the perfect person to voice the depressed and glum donkey. I’m glad that Eeyore was given quite a large role towards the end of the movie as both he and Pooh were the main source of laughs and enjoyment and the final scene was such a heart warming scene that has the ability to hit you right in the feels.

Overall, Christopher Robin is a wonderful movie that will fill you full of joy and warmth. I was surprised at how much joy I felt watching this movie and the acting from McGregor and his on screen relationship with Pooh and company was fantastic to watch.

9/10

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