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Christopher Robin - Film Review

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by JC (subscribe)
I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
A must for these holidays
Christopher Robin is Disney's latest take on A.A. Milne's beloved character Winnie the Pooh (Pooh to friends). First published in 1926, Winnie the Pooh books were based on Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne and his stuffed toys Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Pooh, Christopher's favourite toy, is naive, friendly and thoughtful - an absolutely engaging and steadfast friend to both Christopher and thousands of fans. Pooh and his friends all live in the Hundred Acre Woods, the backdrop to many adventures.

Our first glimpse of Christopher Robin is as a child farewelling his beloved Hundred Acre Wood friends. Many years later, with boarding school, marriage (wife: Hayley Atwell), fatherhood (daughter: Bronte Carmichael), World War II and a soul-crushing job now under his belt, Christopher (Ewan McGregor) is barely recognisable. Now ever so serious, he has forgotten what it is to be a child, or to enjoy life as an adult for that matter. With his job, marriage and daughters happiness on the line, an old friend comes to the rescue.

Winnie the Pooh, looking for honey and his friends, ventures out of the Hundred Acre Woods and finds himself in London, face to face with the now adult Christopher Robin. So begins an adventure where Christopher rediscovers joy and his family.

If that sounds like a heart-warming, joyous story, I promise you that is exactly what this film will deliver. Filled with glorious Poohisms (i.e. wise and wonderful Winnie the Pooh quotes) it may also deliver an existential experience. I mean, when you hear such wise words as, "doing nothing often leads to the very best of something" you can't help but wonder at the meaning of life and re-examine your own life priorities.

Ewan McGregor plays the role of the adult Christopher Robin perfectly, transforming from a repressed and some-what broken man to a free-spirited adventure. His undeniable boyish charm and abandonment to the role resulted in a magical merger of animation and live action.

Christopher Robin is a delightful way to while away an afternoon, and in my opinion, it should go on your must do list. Oh, and before I forget, there were a heap of children at the film, who also seemed to think it was a riot. So if you feel like sharing (I am sure Pooh would think it wise), take them along as well.

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Why? Pure fun
When: October
Where: Cinemas
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