Christopher Robin — now a family man living in London — receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher’s help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends — Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.
I loved this movie. For starters, their cinematography was incredible. Each of the animated characters looked just like an actual stuffed animal that had come to life, and the composition of the scenes was beautiful.
In addition to the visuals, I feel like they shared their message in a very poignant way. In the original story by A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin was obviously a child having adventures with his toys. In this adaptation, he was an adult with adult responsibilities. We saw his progression to this state – how he was sent to boarding school, his father died, he got married, was sent to World War II, etc. Because of this, when we see him as a work driven, distracted husband and father, we understand why but we still contrast him with the fun, adventurous child he used to be. We see how miserable he is, and just how much his priorities have changed for the worse. By being able to see this storyline of his progression, I felt like we were better able to contrast just how bad Christopher’s current state really was, and how much he had truly lost himself.
C.S. Lewis once said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” I feel like this is applicable to this movie, and the Winnie the Pooh series in general. I grew up reading the book and watching the animated versions of this story, and yet I haven’t really thought about it in years (much like Christopher, who hadn’t thought about Pooh and friends in years). When it did come up, I would always say that it was a wonderful book for children to read, but this movie reminded me just how valuable it is for everyone to read. There were so many quotes and sayings that, while seemingly simple and childlike, were profound. For example, “The best somethings often come from doing nothing.”
On a side note, having grown up with the original movies, I greatly appreciated how accurate the casting was for everyone’s voices, and how all of the songs were incorporated. Especially Pooh’s and Tigger’s infamous songs.
Overall, this movie used a variety of tools to emphasize the message the importance of relationships over worldly success. We saw it in Christopher, with his rediscovery of imagination and relearning how to embrace his family, but I feel that the point of the movie is best summed up like this: At the end of the movie, shortly after Pooh says that he was a, “Bear of little brain,” Christopher corrects him, saying, “Oh, but you are a bear of very big heart.”