Review: 'Christopher Robin' is tear-jerking masterpiece

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 8/10/18

The new Disney film, “Christopher Robin,” is truly one of the most genuine, kind-hearted and sweet films of our decade with a message about growing up that even the strictest adult will identify …

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Review: 'Christopher Robin' is tear-jerking masterpiece

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The new Disney film, “Christopher Robin,” is truly one of the most genuine, kind-hearted and sweet films of our decade with a message about growing up that even the strictest adult will identify with.

I’ll be honest: I never cry in movies. I’m a very stoic person when it comes to tears, and will often be the only one in a room with a dry eye. This movie was the exception for that. I was honestly surprised at how good this film was and how good it made me feel.

Dialogue was the driving force for “Christopher Robin,” as the messages are the important parts; however, many parents may discover the film a tad slow for their children, as there aren’t minions bouncing around or colorful creatures making scenes throughout the film. I’d definitely say it’s geared more towards adults with its high levels of nostalgia, joy and messaging. Ironically, this movie with its talking stuffed animals speaks to the adults in the room.

The film begins with Christopher Robin being given a going away party by the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood as he prepares to go off to boarding school. The sheer innocence of his friends like Tigger, Eeyore and especially Pooh are absolutely tear jerking, as they mirror those of children, who don’t understand why fun and play has to cease in life. Robin goes on to meet a girl, get married, have a daughter and fight in WWII, to which he returns wounded and with an excellent job as efficiency manager at Winslow Luggage in London. It’s immediately apparent how much Robin cares for his employees, as he is intensely reluctant to cut corners for his company if it means firing workers. His boss asks him to choose a few names to remove, which will offset the money Winslow is losing due to post-war stagnation. Robin’s workaholic attitude causes friction between his wife Evelyn and his daughter Madeline. It’s at this same moment that Winnie the Pooh loses his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, and seeks out Christopher Robin to help save the day; in doing so, Pooh not only saves his friends, but Robin as well.

Ewan McGregor plays the adult Robin, and boy does he do a great job. McGregor carried this film. Many know him as Obi-Wan Kenobi from the “Star Wars” prequels; however, this film solidifies him as a great actor. Seeing as how most of the movie is McGregor, his wife, daughter and stuffed animal friends, I’d say he killed it as Robin.

The metaphors abound in “Christopher Robin.” One of the biggest messages I took from this film was the rapid loss of childhood for adults. As adults, we often get absorbed into our work. Seeing as how work pays the bills, it’s nearly inevitable for this to happen with everyone. The phrase “that person had to grow up fast” comes to mind, but regardless, it’s sad that so many people have to grow up so quickly and lose their childhood innocence. Robin is often overstressed with his work and has no time for fun, much to his family’s disdain. It’s only through rediscovering his stuffed friends that he is able to return to the happiness he once felt. I immediately thought of my old toys. It truly made me sad to think of how so many frivolous things take center stage in our lives as opposed to simple things that once made us smile and laugh.

Kids today, and I know because I was one not so long ago, don’t realize how briefly childhood lasts. Winnie the Pooh, despite being a children’s toy, made my wife and I smile and cry, because he not only looked adorably kind, but also said some of the simplest, yet impactful things about life. A particular movie reviewer wrote that “Christopher Robin” is “good for the soul,” and I have to agree. I wasn’t even a Pooh fan growing up, but this little bear grabbed my attention, and I hope he grabs yours as well.

“Christopher Robin” is a masterpiece for adults. It will have you laughing, crying and thinking hard about what’s important to you. So many things in life we take for granted, and this movie reasserts that truth. Take your family, go see this movie and weep with joy at the sheer genuine spirit of these characters and the overall value it brings with it. “Christopher Robin” is rated PG for some action. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I wish I could give it more.

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