“… took me back to a place that I thought I had left forever.”
Yesterday I went to see Christopher Robin and I was thoroughly impressed. Christopher Robin is a retelling of the classic tale of Winnie the Pooh, except really sad this time. The movie follows an adult Christopher Robin who is visited by his childhood friends, and the has to remember what it was like to be a kid.
I’m not going to beat around the bush here: Christopher Robin is a little overt in its message. Even by looking at the poster you can safely assume that the movie is going to be about not growing up. This movie is essentially coercing you into never letting your inner-child go, and to also empathize with the children of today. It’s a little hamfisted, but I loved every minute of it.
The biggest strength Christopher Robin has is nostalgia. The movie is essentially hand-crafted to exploit the feeling that you get as an adult when you encounter something from your childhood; and it works. I didn’t know that I liked Winnie the Pooh as much as I did until I sat down and watched this movie, and was flooded with feelings that I haven’t felt in years. Seeing these characters that I grew up with really took me back to a place that I thought I had left forever.
Even from a less-biased point of view Christopher Robin really nailed the feel of the message it was trying to convey. The movie was bleak while at the same time charming and cute. The music was immersive, the effects were stellar, and the performances were amazing (especially Bronte Carmichael who played Christopher Robin’s daughter). There isn’t one thing about this movie that I didn’t love.
Overall watching Christopher Robin was a tremendous experience. It brought back memories from my childhood in droves, and it effortlessly pushed all of the right nostalgia buttons. I’ll be the first to admit that my opinion is biased, but every once in a while you just need to relive a part of your childhood.
I give Christopher Robin an A