In this very different offering from last year’s Goodbye Christopher Robin, Ewan McGregor stars as a middle-aged Christopher Robin, now burdened by a stultifying white-collar job that prevents him from spending quality time with his wife (Hayley Atwell) and daughter (Bronte Carmichael). Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger venture from the Hundred Acre Wood into London to turn his life around.
“Christopher Robin offers more or less what a Pooh reboot should: a lot of nostalgia, a bit of humor (Brad Garrett’s vocal deadpanning as Eeyore is a standout) and tactile computer animation that, even for the effects-jaded, makes it look as if the actors are interacting with real stuffed animals. The contemporary in-jokes are kept to a minimum, and the movie as a whole feels pleasingly old-fashioned.” New York Times
“Directed by Marc Foster (Finding Neverland), Christopher Robin feels like a child’s storybook juxtaposed with a coming-of-age tale. The movie indeed strikes that balance and finds its charm by letting these ideas collide in a harmonious way that’s both heartfelt and entertaining. The plot of the film follows a formulaic path, so it’s easy to predict the outcome. However, it’s the overall feeling of nostalgia throughout that makes the feature endearing and enjoyable.” The Upcoming