Christopher Robin: Movie Review

Avery Pollock, Staff Reporter

Most people today have likely heard the tale of Winnie the Pooh; the bear who loves to eat honey. Recently, the movie Christopher Robin appeared in theaters and on Netflix and follows the story of Christopher Robin and his childhood friend, Winnie the Pooh. Except now, Christopher Robin is all grown up, and Winnie the Pooh plans on teaching him a new lesson on adulthood.

The movie has everything that would be expected in a Disney title: bright colors, great animations, charming characters, the list continues. One of the first things that stood out to me visually was the detail of the characters, i.e Winnie the Pooh. The stuffed animal appearance made the characters look more like what kids would imagine them to be: a stuffed fuzzy friend filled with joy. This, however, appeared ironic to me in a way. This movie takes a different approach on the Winnie the Pooh franchise, being that Christopher Robin is now grown up, and Winnie the Pooh now has to teach Christopher about the adult world. It is certainly an interesting approach to the movie and one that some may not have expected. This addition, however, while definitely taking a unique turn, is not one that I really enjoyed too well. I would have much rather preferred the younger Christopher Robin that was originally in the story books. Sebastian Wilday, a senior at Wade Hampton, shared a more negative approach towards the movie: “This is not a movie that I would ever watch without a real reason to.”

While the movie was definitely colorful and had a new twist on the classic Winnie the Pooh approach, I cannot say that I enjoyed it all too well. The movie was definitely one that all ages would enjoy, but not one that I, myself, could really get into. While the movie excels in looks and story, it just is not a movie that really fits my own appeal.