For my two honey pots, I actually enjoyed “Christopher Robin” more than “Goodbye Christopher Robin” from last year. Mainly because we see the grown-up Christopher Robin and his reunion with his stuffed animal friends from Winnie the Pooh to Tigger to Piglet, and because of how whimsical the movie looks. Like I said in my “Goodbye Christopher Robin” review, I grew up on Winnie the Pooh, and it’s no different here.
Ewan McGregor stars as the adult Christopher Robin, who has lost his childhood due to his days in boarding school, the loss of his father, his battle in WWII, and the luggage company he works at. He plans to send his daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) to boarding school, his wife (Hayley Atwell) misses his delightful side, and now, he has to bail out on their trip to his home countryside in Sussex (the Hundred Acre Wood) in order to prepare for a business meeting.
Meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Sterling Holloway’s brilliant successor Jim Cummings) has lost his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, and comes to Christopher’s new home in London to ask for his help. Feeling like he’s cracked, he brings Pooh back to Sussex, and reluctantly agrees to help him find them.
The gang’s all here, including the bouncing tiger Tigger (voiced by Paul Winchell’s brilliant successor Jim Cummings, same Pooh actor), the worrisome Piglet (voiced by Nick Mohammed), the mopey donkey Eeyore (voiced bay Brad Garrett), Owl (voiced by Toby Jones), Rabbit (voiced by Peter Capaldi), Kanga (voiced by Sophie Okonedo), and little Roo (voiced by Sara Sheen). Like Pooh, they’re all stuffed animals, with the perfect special effects that bring them to life. And like Pooh, they’re all afraid of the Heffalumps and Woozles. But Christopher Robin will make sure they’re safe.
Directed by Mark Foster with the screenplay provided by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder, “Christopher Robin” is fun for fans of A.A. Milne’s delightful characters, including myself. It doesn’t have the pure magic with some awkward moments and how some scenes are handled, but it does remind fans on why they love Pooh so much.
I loved how they were able to keep Cummings as both Pooh and Tigger (and Chris O’Dowd would have probably ruined it for us), and its obvious that both Holloway and Winchell would have been proud of them. And I also enjoyed McGregor as Christopher. When we see the grown-up character struggling to keep Pooh from placing him in sticky situations, and how the Silly Old Bear misinterprets words, all of them are funny.
This is a good-hearted movie that keeps you bouncing.