Movie Review – ‘Christopher Robin’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Yesterday, I saw the film ‘Christopher Robin’ at the cinema! I really enjoyed it! My parents and I came away feeling really happy from watching the film. It’s so well-made and has a heart that makes you feel good about yourself. It gave me nostalgia from enjoying ‘Winnie the Pooh’ when I was a kid.

Last Christmas, I saw ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ on DVD. I didn’t watch that because ‘Christopher Robin’ was going to be released at the cinema in 2018. It was a coincidence, though I’m glad I saw ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ before seeing ‘Christopher Robin’.

Originally I hadn’t planned on seeing ‘Christopher Robin’ at the cinema at all. But from watching the trailer and seeing what the film was going to be like, I felt this might be actually good to see. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m very pleased the film turned out to be what I expected and made me feel good.

The film essentially focuses on Christopher Robin who grows up to become a man; have a wife and have a daughter. But the world around him changes him and Christopher Robin soon forgets the childlike world he left behind. Very soon, Winnie the Pooh returns and his past catches up with him.

First of all, I got to say, Ewan McGregor is brilliant as Christopher Robin! I loved his performance throughout as he really gets into the character of a grown-up Christopher Robin who’s forgotten what it was like to be a child and has Pooh and his friends helping him to remember what it was like.

It was also so lovely to see Pooh Bear and his friends, Piglet; Tigger; Rabbit; Eeyore; etc come to life as talking toy animals that Christopher Robin once played with as a kid. They shouldn’t really be talking, yet they somehow do and it was wonderful to see. Explanations weren’t required at all here.

It was also incredible that the Hundred Acre Wood fantasy world that Christopher Robin lived in as a boy with his friends Pooh; Piglet; Tigger; Rabbit; Eeyore; etc was also real as well as the real world we live in. Again, no explanation is given but it still somehow works and was wonderful to see in this.

The writing and the acting was so well-done in the film and I couldn’t help but feel emotionally engaged to see what would happen to Christopher Robin and whether he would return to the boy he was as well as spending more time with his family. I can only repeat how wonderful this movie is!

As well as Ewan McGregor, there’s also Hayley Atwell (who’s been in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’; ‘Mansfield Park’ with Billie Piper and some Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’) as Evelyn, Christopher Robin’s wife.  And there’s Bronte Carmichael as Madeline, Christopher Robin’s daughter.

I loved that scene after Madeline meets Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore and they’re on the train to London to catch up with her dad. Madeline asks for tea with milk and sugar from the tea lady and I just loved it when Pooh whispers to Madeline for some ‘hunny’ as well. I just knew that was coming!

The film also features Mark Gatiss (How come he’s in the film?! He gets everywhere! 😀 ) as Giles Winslow, Christopher Robin’s boss at Winslow Luggages. I also saw Oliver Ford Davies as Old Man Winslow; Adrian Scarborough as Hal Gallsworthy and Simon Farnaby as the taxi driver in this movie.

Jim Cummings returns to provide the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the film. Jim Cummings has voiced Pooh and Tigger in many ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Disney productions including the TV series, ‘The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’. I loved watching that TV show when I was a little boy. 😀

There’s also Brad Garrett who voices Eeyore (he’s voiced Eeyore in the past for a number of video games apparently). There’s Nick Mohammed as the voice of Piglet; Sophie Okonedo as the voice of Kanga; Sara Sheen as the voice of Roo; Toby Jones as the voice of Owl and…Peter Capaldi as the voice of Rabbit?! What?! The Twelfth Doctor from ‘Doctor Who’ voices Rabbit?! I’m lost for words!!!

I must say, I like the combination of CGI animation and live-action in the film. The CGI animation for Pooh and his friends as stuffed toys works very well in the real world. You wouldn’t be able to tell its animation and it looks believable when you see it. I like how Christopher Robin interacts with Pooh.

So yeah! ‘Christopher Robin’ is very good! I greatly enjoyed this film when I saw it at the cinema with my parents. I’m sure you will too. I would like to see it again sometime. It’s a heartwarming film full of lovely writing and performances from the cast and it has lovely nostalgia from ‘Winnie the Pooh’.

Ewan McGregor steals the show as Christopher Robin and I was very pleased to hear Jim Cummings provide the authentic voice of Winnie the Pooh. I’m glad this film was what I expected it to be. It’s a gentle, harmless film about rediscovering your childhood and it made me feel good from watching it.

By the way! I had toast with ‘hunny’ in the morning before I watched the film in the afternoon yesterday! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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