About the film
Director: Marc Forster
Actors: Ewan McGregor, Hayley AtwellThere is ample sweetness here for especially young kids and a trace of nostalgia for adult devotees of A. A. Milne’s beloved stories in Christopher Robin.
Ewan McGregor stars as the grownup version of Christopher Robin, the little boy who, in Milne and Shepard’s Winnie the Pooh books, gamboled in the Hundred-Acre Wood with his furry pals.
Christopher, now a fully-grown father of one, has an all-consuming job in the efficiency department of a luggage company in London and a boss (a fantastically stoat-like Mark Gatiss) who expects him to work every hour God sends. His wife and daughter, played by Hayley Atwell and Bronte Carmichael, are long accustomed to coming a very distant second, so when a looming deadline makes Christopher renege on a family weekend in the country, they just go without him, leaving him to his ledgers and red ink.
Meanwhile, Pooh (wonderfully voiced by Jim Cummings) suddenly finds himself alone, too; he can’t find his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, and he passes through some kind of tree portal and comes out the other side in London—in fact, in a garden outside the Robin-family home, where he and Christopher meet again.
Christopher is also reunited with the rest of the lovable posse, the most delightful of whom is the depressed beast of burden, Eeyore (voiced by Brad Garrett), “Looks like a disaster; why wasn’t I invited?”.
So, Winnie the Pooh and friends come back to remind the over-worked Dad, of all the delights and adventures life has to offer! Hellz yeah, Pooh Bear!
Ewan McGregor is wonderful as Christopher who manages to look both stately and boyish at the same time. It’s a gift.
Shot by Matthias Koenigswieser, the picture is lovely to look at, a purely English heaven of heathery meadows and sun-dappled clearings. Director Marc Forster, (Stranger Than Fiction, Quantum of Solace, Monster’s Ball) delivers the movie’s life lesson: We all need to slow down and enjoy life.
“People say nothing is impossible,” muses Winnie the Pooh, “but I do nothing every day.”