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November 30, 2018

Christopher Robin (2018) --- “Sooner Or Later, Your Past Catches Up To You.”

Plot Summary
Christopher Robin -- now a family man living in London -- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends -- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Directed by Marc Forster, the man who brought us the beautiful film Finding Neverland, and a slew of writers, Christopher Robin (2018) is a charming family film based on the beloved story of Winnie the Pooh. But this is not your typical Winnie the Pooh story, this time Winnie the Pooh and friends encounter the real world and subsequently an adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), and that in itself makes this film humorous and delightful.
     Christopher Robin (2018) starts off with an opening montage that is reminiscent of other Winnie the Pooh films. The story is simple as it effectively balances between the maturity of an adult Christopher Robin and the playful innocence embodied by Winnie the Pooh and friends. The film’s message is meaningful in that it’s about the importance of spending time with the people you love, to cherish that time we all take for granted. There is also a funny cleverness and level of innocence in almost every scene that is sure to make you laugh or smile at the playful lines delivered by Winnie the Pooh and friends, all of which get adequate screen time.
      Jim Cummings returns to do the voices of Winnie the Pooh – with his overabundance of optimism and Zen-like philosophy – and Tigger – with his enthusiastic energy. Brad Garrett (The Pacifier; Single Parents) is great as Eeyore with his dreary but thankfully not-excessive pessimism, and Nick Mohammed (The Martian)  is good as Piglet with his tender curiosity and a strong sense of loyalty. Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) as Rabbit, Toby Jones (CA: Winter Soldier) as Owl, Sophie Okonedo (After Earth) as Kanga, and Sara Sheen as Roo is also good in their respective roles. The CGI effects on these characters are spot on and almost lifelike. Ewan McGregor (Beauty and the Beast; Zoe) is perfect as Christopher Robin as it actually felt like I was watching an older version Christopher Robin, plus McGregor is always a fun actor to watch. Hayley Atwell (The Duchess; Agent Carter) and Bronte Carmichael (On Chesil Beach) are both great as mother and daughter respectfully.
     Overall, Christopher Robin (2018) is a charming and joyful family film that both adults and kids will enjoy. The story was simple but carried a meaningful message, the CGI of Winnie the Pooh and friends was good, and the acting was great, especially the reprised roles of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. I don’t understand why people said this film was dreary and depressing, as it was anything but. Sure, it might not be as uplifting as other Winnie the Pooh films but it is still a sweet and charming film that brings out your inner child, especially those who have a special place in their heart for these beloved characters. In a way this film is more for the adults then it is for the kids but no matter your age if you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh then I am certain you will enjoy this film.

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something."
- Winnie The Pooh

Final Vote --- 7.5 of 10 stars

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