When a young Christopher Robin is sent off to boarding school, education followed by war and the complexities of real life soon come between him and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Now an efficiency manager for a luggage company, Christopher's work has him spending less and less time with his family, to the point where he has forgotten what is really important in life. But could a chance encounter with his old friend Winnie-the-Pooh be just the thing to set him straight.
Despite being called Christopher Robin, it's unsurprisingly his little friends that steal the show. Anyone familiar with the Hundred Acre Wood will once again find these loveable characters tugging on their heart strings. The moment you hear that "silly old bear" speak, you will instantly be transported back to your childhood. Not to mention laughing out loud at all the funny - yet familiar - things he has to say. Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo have all been beautifully recreated in a way that combines the look of both Disney's cartoons and Ernest Shepard's original drawings. And bringing them to life are a wonderful voice cast, that includes perfect performances from both Brad Garret as Eeyore and Jim Cummings - the man who has voiced Pooh and Tigger since 1989.
Much like Steven Spielberg's 'Hook', Christopher Robin looks at what happens when a child hero grows up. There's just one fundamental difference, Christopher Robin is actually good! It may be a simple story - a fact that does not detract from the enjoyment - but parts of it actually fall closer to real life than you might expect. Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is a war veteran, one who's struggling to connect with his family. Understandably, he has forgotten about his childhood adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood. Which only makes it all the more heart-warming to see him rediscover that long lost place and what it means to have fun. McGregor gives a brilliant performance as the troubled Christopher, as does Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline. Unfortunately Hayley Atwell's Evelyn falls a bit by the wayside, despite a touching performance she just isn't given enough to do.
Director Marc Forster and his team have brought these loveable characters to life in a way that can be enjoyed by both old fans and new ones alike. With its charming and funny story, Christopher Robin is a perfect adventure for the whole family, one that will definitely leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling.
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