I missed Christopher Robin when it was in theatres last year, but I watched it just last week at home. If I did end of the year ratings of the movies I watched, this would be a serious contender for best of the year!
The movie begins where the Winnie-the-Pooh books end–they overlap with the first scene of the movie and the last scene of The House at Pooh Corner. I always thought this was one of the saddest scenes in literature, as Christopher Robin is growing up and going away, and has to say good-bye to Pooh and his other friends. The scene is faithfully and beautifully reproduced. Bring your tissues! The movie then goes on, Christopher Robin grows up, and somewhere over the years he loses his way. He becomes, to borrow a phrase from J. M. Barrie who also wrote of children growing up, a “man who doesn’t know any stories to tell his child.” But then Winnie the Pooh comes out of a tree outside Christopher Robin’s house in London, and wants to bring him back to the Hundred Acre Wood.
I have a soft spot for the Winnie the Pooh characters, and this was a charming delight of a movie. The characters are beautifully rendered, in terms of portrayal and the excellent CGI for the stuffed animals. They truly feel like Milne’s characters brought to life, and the details are all spot-on. I notice when movie adaptations get it wrong, and this one got it so very right.