Run time: 104 mins
Next up in a recent wave of Winnie the Pooh films is Christopher Robin: a nostalgic adventure which explores the importance of reconnecting with childhood when adult life weighs you down.
Christopher (Ewan McGregor) has grown up considerably after leaving the Hundred Acre Wood, all youthful innocence lost in the face of a mid-life crisis. A married father in 1950s Britain, work comes before family as he refuses to join his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) on a trip to his childhood home in Sussex (fool). Thankfully Britain’s best loved bear returns to revive Christopher from his slump, naturally voiced once again by Jim Cummings. When Pooh is unable to find Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and co, he steps through Christopher’s door and ends up in London. Although Christopher is unenthused by the idea, Pooh convinces him to travel to the Hundred Acre Wood to help find his friends. The storytelling falters with its mixture of tones, yet A.A. Milne’s characters remain as charming as ever, warming Christopher’s heart which has grown weary over time. Sweet like honey, Christopher Robin does its best to capture the sentimentality of the original. (research Rachel Williams) Come as a child, perhaps bring some.