Christopher Robin - 2018
Director(s): Marc Forster
Writer(s): Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy and Allison Schroeder (screenplay) / Greg Brooker and Mark Steven Johnson (story) / A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard (characters)
Cinematography by: Matthias Koenigswieser
Editor(s): Matt Chesse
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael and Mark Gatiss. Voices by Jim Cummings, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen and Toby Jones.
Synopsis: A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life (IMDB).
This year will go down as the year of the charming, talking bear. If we completely ignore literally all the crazy stuff happening every day, that is. Early in the year, Paddington 2 came out and took my heart by storm. Why is that damn bear so charming? I was a bit worried that I would end up just calling this movie “Not Paddington”, but to my surprise I was completely enamored with Pooh and the world the twenty accredited writers created for their audience. Along with great direction from Foster and a wonderful lead performance from McGregor, I ended up enjoying my experience at the Hundred Acre Wood.
The story centers around Christopher Robin as he grows up to face the harsh realities of the world outside of the whimsy and magic of the acre. As the years progressed, the world slowly tugged out his inner child and he forgot how to smile and have fun through the use of his imagination. As the world around him is crumbling down, Pooh appears once again to help him get back to his roots and reconnect with his wife and daughter. The way his inner child, represented by Pooh and friends, chip away at the jaded person Robin has become due to the hardships of life is the driving force of the movie, making it a simple yet heartwarming movie to watch.
I was surprised at how cinematic this movie turned out to be. Foster and cinematographer Matthias Koenigswieser created beautiful sequences of Robin and Pooh walking in the acre that could easily be used as posters to decorate any wall. The use of colors and lighting was visually satisfying. I was also impressed at how the CGI was incredibly detailed and beautiful. The interpretation of the drawings was spectacular and it works as a perfect companions to the source material.
Quick note: McGregor continues to prove he is an extremely underrated actor. He interacted mostly with CGI characters and not for one second did I believe he was sitting alone in a field talking to himself.
Christopher Robin is the perfect family movie. The kids will enjoy the antics of a silly talking bear that happens to love him some honey, and the parents will love the revisit to the acres they grew up in. It showcases the need for us to be aware of the way the day to day minutia can bring us down and that from time to time we need to just have some fun with our love ones, as they are the ones that keep us grounded. This movie boasts beautiful cinematography, charming performances from all the cast and family-friendly humor throughout the entire runtime. Talking bears are why I love movies.
Christopher Robin is currently playing in theaters. Go watch it.
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