Winnie the Pooh: People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday.
Beware: Spoilers may follow.
The character of Winnie the Pooh (and all his other friends as well) is a character beloved by many Disney fans and for good reason. They all had a sense innocence and naiveté that gave them such a pleasant vibe. And in stream of Disney’s many live action remakes we have this now. And for what it is, it’s easily one of if not the best of Disney’s live action remakes. For what it isn’t it does leave something to be desired.
The story involves a grown-up Christopher Robin living in London with his wife Evelyn and his daughter Madelyn. Unfortunately he has become so obsessed with work to the point that he is neglecting his family. He meets up with Pooh Bear and all his animal friends and with their help Christopher visits the Hundred Acre Wood and has to learn to be a kid again.
The story is something that we’ve all heard before in multiple films. Heck if you have seen the trailer for this movie then you know the story. It’s nothing more than the grown-up having to reconnect with his inner child and it paints nothing new with the character of Christopher Robin from him starting off as a carefree child, growing up into a busy adult who spends more time at work than he does with his family, and a special force has to take him on an adventure to show him the right way. There’s nothing wrong with Ewan Macgregor’s performance as Christopher Robin but the story doesn’t give him much to work with. With all this being said the story is one that fits well with the simple and pleasant heart of the original Winnie the Pooh stories.
Although it seems like the story is doing nothing in Pooh’s own words “doing nothing often leads to the best kind of something” and that’s exactly what this movie does: Succeeding in aspects that make it worthy of being a legitimate Winnie the Pooh movie. The heart of Winnie the Pooh is its ability to make engaging adventure out of little things of a child’s imagination. This leads to some very heartfelt moments that capture the tenderness of not only the Disney Adaptation but also A.A Milne’s original books. It delivers little as a full-fledged movie but it can be very touching particularly when it comes to moments between the grown-up Christopher and Pooh Bear. The movie largely succeeds in adapting these long-time classic characters into modern live action and does so better than any other Disney live-action movie. Each one feels like they came right out of the original 1971 movie with great voiceover performances that showcases their unique personalities particularly with the creators bringing back Jim Cummings to voice Pooh and Tigger. The CGI for the animal characters can look a little weird at first but as the movie goes on it becomes more believable and it makes sense in context of Winnie the Pooh and how they would be brought to live action. If there is one problem with this aspect of the movie it’s that the animals’ screen time is rather disproportionate. As someone who not only liked Pooh Bear but also Piglet, Roo, Eeyore, and everyone else I do with there could have been more of these characters.
Although Christopher Robin has some notable flaws as a movie, I find it impossible to hate. It in no way messes up the classic elements of the original Winnie the Pooh movies. If anything it translates those aspects into live action with look and heart alike. On the one hand this movie doesn’t offer much new but what it does offer is great and gives the movie a simplistic and lovable charm. If you’re a fan of the animated Winnie the Pooh movies this is a movie that will make you feel good.