In the heatwarming live action adventure “Disney’s Christopher Robin,” the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.
Story by Alex Ross Perry handles the childhood portions in a very entertaining way. It has a melancholic feel to it and hence works big time when Christopher Robin turns mature. The chemistry between Winnie: The Pooh & Christopher Robin is the highlight of the film; it makes you laugh & cry at the same time. One of the major takeaways from this film for me will be: I went home and searched for my old stuff toys just because I realised how I’m much trapped in this chaos called life.
Disney goes the Pixar way when it comes to touch the emotional chords through a very child-like story. It’s in the league of Toy Story but in a darker way. There’s a scene in a train having Christopher Robin and Winnie: The Pooh that’s a perfect reference to a lost childhood VS mature adulthood (Please note this point when and if you watch the film.)
Ewan McGregor nails the role of a confused successful grown-up. “I’m not how you remember me,” says a changed Christopher Robin to Winnie: The Pooh and this moment of realisation was perfectly portrayed by McGregor.
A thing better than the visuals & story of the film will be the voices of soft toys. Jim Cummings has lent his voice to both Winnie: The Pooh & Tigger. An outstanding job is done by Cummings because both the characters are totally varied from each other. A soft spoken Pooh & always enthusiastic Tigger, both are taken in very nicely by Cummings. Though Brad Garrett as the cynical Eeyore is a winner for me. “Looks like a disaster; why wasn’t I invited?” – Brad brings the house down just by his voice.
Marc Foster comes from a school where he has directed both a Bond film as well as something as The Kite Runner. But with Christopher Robin, he manages to pull out something very human rather than fantasy which has been his forte. Christopher Robin is a beautiful script and is well directed.
No complaints from the music by Geoff Zanelli, Jon Brion. Just a little feedback: I missed a song like ‘You’ve got a friend in me’. The background score was weaved very well according to the screens.
All said and done, Christopher Robin is a toast to our lost childhood. We all were kids at a point of time & this movie at-least made me realise why I should make that kid alive once again. It’ll get very less shows in India but if it’s screening across you anywhere consider yourself lucky and go watch it.
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