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Renovated classic film focuses on simplicity of life

Christopher Robin recreates the familiar Disney storie in an alternate angle.

Recreating one of the most iconic Disney movies of all time, Christopher Robin aims to remind the audience of the simplicity of life. With classic character appearances such as Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings), Piglet (Nick Mohammed), and Eeyore (Brad Garrett), the 2018 version adds a little more magic and heart to the already lovable classic.

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) spends his childhood exploring the Hundred Acre Woods, rescuing his friends from “heffalumps” and “woozles”. But his adventuring days are soon to be over; Christopher’s father plans to send him to boarding school in London, away from his friends. Sitting next to Pooh at his farewell party, Christopher Robin promises he will never forget his companions. But this proves sadly untrue as Christopher goes into the world and grows up.

He gets married, goes to war, gets a job and forgets his vow to his friends. His unkept promise soon resurfaces after an unexpected visit from Pooh, who continually reminds Christopher of the things that matter in life.

With surprising wisdom and innocent humor, the movie brings its viewers back to how truly simple and uncomplicated life is with the right perspective. The nostalgic CGI characters and whimsical landscapes provide a different perspective on the early film. Winnie the Pooh makes a comeback as a witty and amusing supporting role, subconsciously reminding Christopher Robin of the simple values of childhood.

As Christopher Robin runs into Tigger (Jim Cummings), Eeyore, Kanga (Sophie Okonedo), Roo (Wyatt Dean Hall), Rabbit (Peter Capaldi), Owl (Toby Jones) and Piglet, they take him back to a time when his life wasn’t so complicated, and work wasn’t so important.

The film exposes the childlike spirit in all people, and poses viewers with the choice to embrace a carefree mindset.

Robin’s wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) are pushed to the side throughout most of the movie, as Robin’s work takes precedence over time with his family. But by spending time with Pooh, Christopher Robin is reminded of why he works at all and refocuses on what truly matters to him – his family.

Christopher Robin challenges its audience with the choice to embrace a childlike spirit or get caught up in the business of life.

Through a slow start, the film picks up at the end and Christopher Robin is forced to confront his feelings of responsibility to take care of his daughter. Pooh’s knowledge impacts Robin and he decides that his daughter needs more time to enjoy just being a kid.

Overall, Christopher Robin challenges its audience with the choice to embrace a childlike spirit or get caught up in the business of life. The importance of family and friendship are spotlighted and spectators are reminded that “doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.”

I would recommend this movie to families and people of all ages. The wisdom poured out by Pooh and the other characters applies to all people and is a sweet interruption to life’s responsibilities. This different take on A.A. Milne’s classic tale is sure to take its viewers back to simpler times and put a smile on their faces.

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