After a long wait, Christopher Robin is on Netflix and it was an ideal springtime watch with the kids. Loosely based on the adult life of Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor), one of the main characters in the famous “Winnie the Pooh” stories, the plot moves quickly from Christopher joining the army for World War II and later seeking employment in a luggage company, Winslow Luggage.
The story begins with young Christopher Robin and his stuffed toy friends – Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Rabbit having a farewell party in the fictional Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher is about to be sent away to the boarding school. Christopher promises them that he will never forget them and he will come back to them one day. But after he grows up, he gets so involved with the work that he never bothers to visit the wood himself or show it to his daughter, Madeline.
One fine day, Pooh finds all his friends missing, he decides to go through Christopher Robin’s door and finds himself in London. Christopher is shocked to see Pooh and decides to send him back to the Hundred Acre Wood, which is in Sussex.
Once they enter the wood, the plot is all about how the friends deal with the situation in hand.
I was waiting to watch this movie for a long, long time, and I was not disappointed. Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore are all adorable but it is Pooh who walks away with the cake. The absent-minded, silly old Pooh, a bear with a small brain but a big heart steals the show with his innocent remarks. What I loved about the movie most is how fragile and vulnerable Pooh and his friends are portrayed to be. In this world full of malice, the innocent friends try to help out their childhood friend in whatever clumsy way they can. It brings back the innocent memories of childhood we all had, and an urge to pick up Winnie the Pooh storybooks from the library to read out loud, once again, in the warm comfort of our beds.
I was so sad when the movie ended. This Pooh quote summarizes the movie for me – “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
The World of Movies Rating 08/10
Note: As of 26th March, 2020, Christopher Robin is not available on Netflix India. However, it is available in the US.
Movie Title: Christopher Robin
Directed by: Marc Forster
Story by: Greg Brooker, Mark Steven Johnson
Main Cast: Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, Hayley Atwell as Evelyn Robin, Bronte Carmichael as Madeline Robin, Mark Gatiss as Giles Winslow
Year of Release: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country of Origin: USA (Hollywood)
Running time: 104 minutes
Production Company: 2DUX², Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Source: Screenshots taken from the movie.
Reviewed by: Anantha Alagappan