Christopher Robin is the new Winnie the Pooh movie that released last week and stars Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings and more.
I grew up watching Winnie the Pooh so my expectations were moderately high for this movie. I’m happy to say that I had a great time with Christopher Robin. It is by no means perfect, but it is a charming and mostly fun movie.
Part of the reason for its charm is Pooh. The movie nailed the character and that made him the highlight of this movie. He has some of the funniest lines, most heartwarming moments and his interactions with Ewan McGregor were great. He has also has one scene with Piglet which I won’t spoil, but it put a huge smile on my face.
The other animals that really stood out for me were Tigger and Eeyore. They made me laugh throughout the final act of the movie and one interaction in particular between Eeyore and Hayley Atwell’s character was handled really well.
However, not all the animals were well-used. Apart from one scene with Pooh, the film doesn’t do much with Piglet’s character which was a wasted opportunity in my opinion. We also barely get to see Kanga or Roo which was disappointing.
Another actress that was wasted was Hayley Atwell. She doesn’t get a lot to do in the movie and that’s a shame considering how talented she is. The other human characters however are well developed and have solid character arcs. Ewan McGregor is great as Christopher Robin and shows a lot of range in his performance. A surprise for me was how good Bronte Carmichael was as Christopher Robin’s daughter. Her scenes towards the end with Christopher Robin are extremely heartwarming and satisfying.
Despite a solid opening scene, the movie’s first half does take time to get going and that may be an issue for some. Another issue with the film is that the dialogue occasionally feels unnatural. Marc Forster does a good job directing the movie and the visual effects for the Hundred Acre Woods looks great.
Overall, Christopher Robin was an enjoyable movie with good performances and moments that is bogged down by a relatively weak first half and wasted characters. Christopher Robin gets a B from me.