“Christopher Robin” Grows Up

Brooke Peatman, Staff Writer

This summer everyone’s childhood characters came back on screen for the beloved, “Christopher Robin”, a fantasy/drama movie.

“Winnie the Pooh” was a book written by Alan Alexander Milne about a variety of animals in a world of a little boy’s imagination. That being said, “Christopher Robin” (directed by Marc Forster, director of “World War Z”, “Finding Neverland”, etc) is just that, except the twist here is the animals go into Christopher’s (Ewan McGregor) world. He has become older and with age and stress that comes with it, he has lost his fun, his imagination. Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) goes looking for Christopher and pulls him back into the adventure.

When going into the theater, my hopes for this movie were high. That being said, I was a bit disappointed. Most of the movie was gloomy and had none of that magic I fell in love with when I was a kid. What would have made the movie better and have that magic, would be if there were more scenes in the Hundred Acre Woods. The movie was very well filmed and animated but the plot just didn’t do it for me.

I liked the soundtrack of the movie and I really enjoyed that some original songs were thrown in like, the “Winnie the Pooh” theme song.

“Christopher Robin” movie is very simular to “Alice in Wonderland”, they both took place at a very stressful point in the character’s life (a wedding for Alice, and a very important work opportunity for Christopher). Alice fell into a dirt hole, Christopher crawled into a tree, both “portals” led to an imaginary land with talking animals.

“The animal creatures were a bit too real that they were creepy and I found the setup of the movie was a bit boring,” said WHS senior Julia Maryanski. The animation done by Framestore and Method Studios was so well done the toys looked like they had come to life.

This movie was rated PG and I believe that is an accurate rating for a movie like this one. It is appropriate for everyone of all ages, although I feel that the movie has too much real adult decisions in it for a child to enjoy.