I think everyone grew up with the cuddly character of Pooh Bear. This Pudgy looking bear loved honey, hated heffalumps and had spelling as good as lol cats. Over the past few years there have been a few movies about Pooh Bear , the most recent being Goodbye Christopher Robin. This new movie is the only one which I have actually gone to see in the cinema. I can tell you that at the 8pm showing at the Odeon, Christopher Robin had 100% of the audience over the age of 18.
The basic storyline is that Christopher Robin has grown up, been to the war and is now working in a briefcase company. He has forgotten all about his time in the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh Bear and his friends.The start of the film brings you on a whistle-stop tour of the memories he and Pooh Bear have. This shows everything from his tea parties in the woods to him leaving for school and later the war, finally ending up in a high profile yet soul crushing job.
He promises his family that he would go to the countryside this weekend but Christopher’s manager insists he work. His family are not pleased and go alone, Christopher Robin is left to contemplate the conflict between family and work. During a moment of stress in the local park he utters the words ‘what to do, what to do’ and then hears ‘what to do indeed’ from Pooh Bear, voiced by the excellent Jim Cummings. Christopher cannot believe this is real and from here he has to accept that Pooh has come back, ultimately to save him.
Christopher Robin, played by Ewan McGregor and his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) are not seeing eye to eye over his time spent at work. His daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) is not seeing her father much these days and both of these relationships are in the balance. His wife has said she cannot remember the last time he smiled and his dealings with his daughter are very matter-a-fact.
Pooh Bear causes a bit of havoc in Christopher house as he try climbing shelves and steps in lots of honey. The comedic values in the film are very well balanced with the somber and serious discussions of work-life balance, a topic valid in todays society.
There are some fantastic scenes in this movie, I’m not going to spoil them, but they are very nicely done indeed. It really is a feel good movie, probably one of the best I have seen. The Movie Reviewer Mark Kermode says, if you laugh 6 times during a movie, it is a comedy. I can tell you I laughed 6 times in the first 15 minutes of this movie and a lot more after that.
If you have not seen Christopher Robin then please do – you will feel great when leaving the cinema. The trailer is below if you have not seen it.
Feel Good Movie Excellence !