Small Screen Reviews
Christopher Robin Review
Walt Disney Pictures
What's it About?
Overworked and overwrought, workaholic Christopher Robin is neglecting his family, until his old childhood friends return to set him back on the straight and narrow.
Who's In It?
Evan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, Star Wars I-III, & more recently Trainspotting 2)
Hayley Attwell (Captain America, Testament Of Youth, Cinderella)
Other notables include:
Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Sherlock, & more recently Game Of Thrones)
Bronte Carmichael (Darkest Hour, & more recently On Chesil Beach)
Director: Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, & World War Z)
Competition for most lovable bear is pretty fierce at the moment, especially on the silver screen. Paddington, voiced by Ben Wishaw, has had a couple of phenomenal outings recently, Ted, Po and even The Revenant have muscled in on the action in the last few years, while Winnie The Pooh has had one animation, one impressive but downbeat drama last year, and now a third live action film starring Ewan McGregor. Bears, it seems, are box office gold.
With universal praise lavished on Paddington 1 and 2, the bar has very clearly been set, and director Marc Forster follows a similar vein with his fluffy, if a little threadbare creatures, rather than using cartoon animation.
Ever boyish Ewan McGregor plays the grown up Christopher Robin, who has got older, got married, had a family, got bogged down in work, put away childish things, forgotten his friends, and to be brutally honest, forgotten what fun is. Essentially he is not the guy to invite out on a social, and his attention to his wife and daughter have been seriously lacking as well. When a major crisis looms at work, and his boss puts the pressure on, Christopher Robin has to break, once again, his promise to spend time with his family down in the countryside, and as he edges towards a breakdown, his wife seems to be contemplating a break up.
With disaster hoving into view, Christopher Robin's trusty friend reappears after so many years in a bid to put things right - in the only way a bear with very little brain can - through chaos, confusion but pure warm-heartedness.
The evergreen Ewan McGregor gives a sparky and animated performance as the lovable Christopher Robin who has lost his mojo, while his friends light up the screen, particularly Eeyore, when they appear, but in truth they take some time to enter the fray. Equally Hayley Atwell and youngster Bronte Carmichael do well with their severely limited roles, which is odd given this is a family film.
However, the film does suffer from a lack of identity. At times it seems a little too serious and depressing for children, while on other occasions it is fun and whimsical, before culminating in a somewhat twee ending.
In A Nutshell:
An enjoyable but somewhat hit and miss film, with fine performances from Ewan McGregor and Eeyore.
Eyesore and friends
The variable tone of the film
Release date: 10/12/2018