Clearly, we just can’t enough of pooh. Winnie the Pooh that is. Not to be confused with last year’s Goodbye Christopher Robin and its origin story of our favourite bear, Christopher Robin is an imaginary tale about a boy who’s too grown up.
Carrying the weight of family life and job stress, Christopher Robin is no longer the fun-loving friend of Pooh and the gang, but a middle-aged workaholic man whose daughter doesn’t know him very well.
In a moment of magic, Pooh is brought back to life and seeks Christopher Robin out to stage an intervention and reconnect him with his childhood imagination. Pooh takes him back to The Hundred Acre Woods to help fight Heffalumps, play in puddles, and get out of his stuffy routine.
The concept in Christopher Robin isn’t a bad one – aiming to remind us of our need to prioritise what’s important and to let ourselves have fun – but it falls over in a very bland delivery; Pooh is far too sombre to be as delightful as you remember, and Christopher Robin never quite cuts through the clouds.
What should be an upbeat nostalgic throwback, is overrun by bleak sentiments about adulthood and work that take away from an otherwise decent message.
Aimed at families there’s nothing offensive in Christopher Robin, but it doesn’t have all the laughs you might have hoped for.
Christopher Robin is in cinemas now.
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