Title: Christopher Robin
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings
Runtime: 1 hr 44 mins
What It Is: Christopher Robin (McGregor) is now older and much different than the little boy that once patrolled the Hundred Acre Wood. No, now he is a hard-working, and highly stressed adult. When Winnie the Pooh (Cummings) trips outside the Hundred Acre Wood and into London it’s now Christopher Robin’s job to undo this mess. But old feelings die hard and sometimes the best way to do something is to do nothing…at least that’s what a silly ole bear tells me.
What We Think: There’s something…off about this film. Like this film, should for sure have a certain effect on me, and other people around my age. It just didn’t do much of anything for me. It was awesome to see these iconic characters from my childhood brought to life, especially Eeyore, who’s my dude. But alas something just doesn’t click. Its all a bit boring. That is perhaps, this films biggest sin. How do you take such iconic and lovable characters and reduce them to simply boring CGI nightmares? What I’m having trouble figuring out is where did it really go wrong? Was it Forster’s direction of Alex Ross Perry’s script? I’ve seen Forster take worse crap (see World War Z) and turn it in something. I think though that Ross Perry took his twee mumblecore ridiculousness and placed it in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Our Grade: C+, I think that this film did some things right. There was certainly a little bit of magic to some of what occurs but it never all coalesces. I can recommend this for a family that wants to check out some characters who, at this point, are iconic. Also Eeyore, despite his depressing nature always puts a smile on my face. What’s that say about me?