By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson
If there’s anything I’ve noticed about the movies this year, it’s the extreme lack of “feel good” movies. These are movies that have very minimal conflict and are primarily there for the purpose of making your heart happy.
Christopher Robin is absolutely that kind of movie. It only took three seconds into the movie before tears of pure joy began to form in my eyes. I’m sure that was the intention of the writers, too.
The movie itself is about the little folks of the hundred acre wood and their developing relationship with Christopher Robin as he grows older. The opening scene shows Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo all having a dinner party saying ‘fairwell’ – as they spell it in the movie – to Robin.
What’s tragic about this is that it’s not Robin going on vacation or anything like that, it’s much sadder. It’s all of his friends saying goodbye because they know Robin has grown too old to hang out with them anymore.
The rest of the movie is Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) all grown up and living his life at a job that has a very family-or-job mentality, which obviously causes problems. Robin is taken on a new adventure with Pooh Bear, who he hasn’t seen in many years, to find his old friends and find himself along the way.
Despite a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, I absolutely adored this movie. It told a genuinely symbolic story of keeping your family as close to you as possible. The fact that it could convey this message using childhood characters we all know and love is an accomplishment within itself.
I thought it was so unique how they created the characters in this movie. It’s definitely not something you see very often and it was so defining.
With McGregor’s stellar performance – as always – on top of the rest of these factors, Christopher Robin quickly became the cutest movie of the year.
My Rating: 95%