Christopher Robin, from a screenplay whose contributors include Alex Ross Perry, a writer-director of notably acerbic American independent films, bobs along agreeably, a mellow, often melancholy and entirely diverting job of work that keeps the spirit of the characters intact.
[The writers] wrestle with some dark themes (the disappointments of adulthood, the ugliness of selling out) while maintaining the sweet, poignant tone of Milne’s stories and the Pooh animated shorts of the 1950s. Too bad it was directed by veteran hack Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, World War Z), who paves over the script’s idiosyncrasies with a generic feel-good style and proves flat-footed with regards to comedy.
Disney was taking few chances, and hedged even more by choosing Marc Forster to direct. Nonetheless, there’s an unusually, and refreshingly, abrasive aspect to “Christopher Robin” that raises it above the usual run of children’s movies, and it’s matched by the abraded surfaces that the movie presents onscreen.
Fuck it. I enjoyed much more the other Christopher Robin movie but still, Pooh is one of my favorite characters and Ewan Mcgregor is one of my favorite actors. No less, Hayley Atwell, Mar Gatiss and Jim Cummings... Who cast his movie? Congrats. Gonna see it again with a 1001 paper towels to cry on. Yep, cryed my guts out.
"Christopher Robin" effectively mines the heart and inspiration of A. A. Milne's original stories and transitions their charm to the real-world. Although its heavy focus on the titular character's midlife crisis and joyless existence does its part to make itself elusive from the target audience of any old Pooh cartoon, the trio of writers (one of whom the great Alex Ross Perry) keep the tone inspiring.
2.5 - I can't say it wasn't way better than I expected, but all the real life bullshit was pretty fucking lazy even by the laziest standards (and I'm appalled to see McCarthy and Perry as screenwriters here). All that said, what works is all Milne's work. It is wonderful to see the gang going on an adventure, especially Eeyore and his great one liners.
Like Spielberg's Hook or Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, this movie revisits a fantasy world that today kids never heard about, although the script is so weak that its main target are clearly today kids.
I really hate the first part of the movie with the: how "adults" don't want to play and to be childish from time to time...because they have "important stuff to do" not "silly things" it's so sad. But at the end it was such a great adventure and "Doing Nothing Often Leads to the Very Best of Something" <3 #22
It's always a sunny day when Christopher Robin comes to play!
Pooh and his friends are such great characters, so funny and full of energy, such a pleasure to spent an afternoon with them, every day!
The movie was very ok for a live-action. Ewan McGregor a fine choice for the main part. Marc Forster had the skills to bring joy and excitement to this movie; he previously made Finding Neverland.
Before Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth, and most recently, Her Smell, indie director Alex Ross Perry grabbed our attention with this second feature, an uproariously abrasive and fast-paced comedy about a hyper-dysfunctional brother-sister duo.