A working-class family man, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
Review by Louise Keller:
Light as a feather and as sweet as honey, Christopher Robin is a gentle live action family film that reminds us to slow down and value what is most important. It plays younger than I expected, and watched with interest at the jam-packed cinema of attentive youngsters, who giggled at Pooh's antics and sat wriggle-free for the rest. 'Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something,' is the classic AA Milne quote that best encapsulates the essence of the film. You could call it the converse of a coming of age film, in that Ewan McGregor's grown up Christopher Robin has forgotten all the joys of his childhood with the simple pleasures discarded, as pressures of survival overtake the priorities of family. He must find his way back...
It's a far cry from last year's Goodbye Christopher Robin with Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, which dealt with the tormented relationship between father and son. Finding Neverland director Marc Forster judges his audience well and delivers a film grounded in its English reality as it champions youth, joy, family and belonging.
McGregor is fine as the man who rediscovers what is important; Hayley Atwell is perfect as his wife and Bronte Carmichael as daughter. It's about relationships, the balance between work and play and remembering not to take life too seriously. The production design casts the magic spell to take us into the world of the 100 Acre Wood in Sussex.
The integration of the live action and stuffed animals is a bit clunky, especially in the final sequences, but the film's heart is solid. Besides, who does not like being reminded about Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and other characters?
The quotes are an inspiration: 'Your life is happening right now in front of you,'; 'I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I have been,' and 'What day is it? It's today: my favourite day.' Like Peter Pan, Christopher Robin must never grow up.
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CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (G)
CAST: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael
PRODUCER: Kristin Burr, Brigham Taylor
DIRECTOR: Marc Forster
SCRIPT: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matthias Koenigswieser
EDITOR: Matt Cheese
MUSIC: Jon Brion, Geoff Zanelli
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jennifer Williams
RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 13, 2018