REVIEW: Christopher Robin (2018)

Christopher Robin can be labelled as a fantasy-comedy-drama, with a clear and well thought-out message: we shouldn’t grow up too fast and we should remember what’s important to us.

This was the film about the well-known characters Christopher Robin and his friends. We see Christopher Robin and his childhood growing into an adult, and then he changes. He starts to forget what fun is and how to use his imagination. He soon forgets what’s important to him.

When Winnie the Pooh returns to him as an adult looking for his friends, his challenge is to help Christopher Robin regain his memories from childhood and remind him to have fun again, to remind him what’s important.

Christopher Robin is played by Ewan McGregor, with Hayley Atwell as his wife. Atwell put on a great performance, adding a bit of fun and laughter to her character later on in the film. Bronte Carmichael as Madeline, Christopher’s daughter, again gave a great performance, with a lot of talent for someone quite young.

All the voice actors were brilliant, with famous voices including: the original Winnie the Pooh himself, Jim Cummings, also voicing Tigger; Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; and Toby Jones as Owl.

In my opinion, being a student studying animation at university, the animation was very interesting for me. It was very well done, and looked just like the way teddies would move. It was great to see that they used stop-motion-style movements to make it realistic, insofar as showing that they aren’t people but cuddly toys.

The film is very different to the previous Winnie the Pooh animations, but it was nice to see a fresh look, especially as it tried to stay close to the original books. The camera work was very clever in parts as well. One scene that did catch my eye involved a Heffalump, which, with the way it was angled, the sounds utilised, and the change in colour scheme, made me feel very uneasy and I felt the fear that the characters would have been experiencing in that moment.

I really enjoyed the film, with the way the story and characters are written, as well as allowing it to revive old memories and the songs from previous Pooh films. It was really beautiful to see and I liked how the colour scheme, the inclusion of previous songs, and the catchphrases that showed how Winnie the Pooh has aged remarkably. He has been a large part of many people’s childhoods over the years, and it's great to see that this looks set to continue to be the case.

There were a few emotional moments in the film that did make me tear up, but there were happy tears too to balance everything out. I would definitely recommend this film, especially families. It is a warm, laughable and fun experience.

By Megan G.

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