Quick Hit: Filled with as much nostalgia for childhood as possible, this film somehow manages to stay as sweet as a pot of honey.
Are there any actors out there that so effortlessly portray boyish glee as Ewan McGregor? I’m a big fan of his, for many reasons, this being amongst the foremost. He somehow manages to interact with computer generated characters as effortlessly as when he told Anakin that he was the chosen one. Though the lines are there in McGregor’s face, he manages to still portray something that so many of us start to miss as we grow older – a childhood glee.
Isn’t that really what this movie is all about? Set in the trope of so many movies that feature an overworked, nearly absent parent (for more, see Mary Poppins, Hook, Elf, Liar Liar, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum), Christopher Robin follows a serious man who has lost the ability to have fun. His interactions with his daughter include reading textbooks and things as bedtime stories. He stays behind over the weekend to work on a big project (he works at a luggage company, of all things), as his family proceeds to the country home he left behind. Pooh awakens and finds his friends missing, and seeks out Christopher Robin to help him find them.
A lot of the humor in the film is derived from the fact that Pooh cannot understand the new hustle and bustle of Christopher Robin’s important new life. In a way, Pooh is a stand in for the child that Christopher isn’t allowing his daughter to be. He asks the questions that normally a child would ask an adult if given the time to. This hits home on a personal level – many of you know that I have a new job that is working me more hours than normal. It’s a tough lesson from a COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGE OF A STUFFED BEAR. Sometimes, the Lord speaks in mysterious ways I guess.
The voice acting is top notch. Jim Cummings, the voice of Pooh Bear all my life, and then some, continues to give a whimsical performance as the titular bear. Combine that with a beastial foghorn of Brad Garrett in Eyeore, and you have a real fun time when contrasted with the dark colors and waffling emotions that come from McGregor’s performance as Christopher.
Overall, the film is good, and will play on the heartstrings of many an overworked parent. Who doesn’t want to have their childhood want them as much as they want their childhood? I’m going to give this film a “B-“. Thanks, as always, for reading.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"