Christopher Robin (2018)
Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is all grown up. He’s got a house in London, along with a wife and a daughter, and a stressful job, the usual trappings of modern life. Some of which he should be focusing on, and others he shouldn’t quite as much. This is a film about the work life balance people, and Christopher’s story arc is obvious from frame one.
To say this film is as sweet as honey is somewhat of an understatement. This is honey infused with high-fructose corn syrup levels of sweetness that I’m kind of reluctant to complain about in any way. To do so would mean I was an heffalump or woozle. But this was too much. I found the messaging blatant, and its want for me to swallow diabetes inducing levels of nostalgia, unbearable. I have no doubt kids will be charmed by this film, but I fear the adults that took them to see it, won’t.
Now that’s not to say that there’s no value to any of this, I genuinely think the creators of this movie set out to make a sincere and heartwarming family film. I just wished they’d dialed back on the cheesy sentiment, and made a film that didn’t rely on a tired, corporate greed vs. workers unite plot.
The CGI on the stuffed animals is as photorealistic as it can be, and there are a few laughs to be had as we head toward the obligatory race to save the day finale. But coming from Disney, the mega-behemoth entertainment company, a story about grown men learning to put family ahead of the office, kind of rings untrue. Like we’re being played in some way.
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings
Directed by: Marc Forster
Written by: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder
Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hr 44 min.