August 03, 2018

Christopher Robin is in theaters August 3rd, 2018.

In the heartwarming live action adventure "Disney's Christopher Robin," the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor) remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Christopher Robin is strangly directed by Marc Forster (who previously directed “Quantum of Solace” and “World War Z”) and I am not exactly sure what Disney saw in him for this film. But honestly, I think he is a large reason why I was disappointed by one of my most hyped films of the year. To start, this film has many great elements, Ewan McGregor (previously seen in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” and “Trainspotting”) did a good job as Christopher Robin, all the animals personalities and looks were just like the original animations, some shots were really well done and...well that’s about it. Scattered throughout all the heartwarming moments are hundreds of stupid, unfunny jokes. And while it does get annoying having Pooh just be an idiot and showing the adult version of Christopher just perplexed as to why Pooh would do such things. What's even worse is when there's a serious moment and then something ridiculous just ruins it for little kids laughs. Speaking of ridiculous parts in the film, all of the supporting cast are either incredibly underdeveloped, or literally a joke for the kids.

Story wise, there really is not much here. Things are also very convent for this film. Such as when the talking animals are first introduced to the real world, people are shocked for a few seconds...but then they are totally casual about what's going on. It just felt rushed. It’s also very simple and dumbed down for little kids. And this had me confused, because it’s shot like a more adult film, but the content is mostly for six year olds. There are also moments of war in this film, which had me think that maybe this film would dive into ptsd…but nope, just got disappointed once again.

Now while this film was disappointing, it’s not bad. There are good moments as I mentioned earlier, but the bad overweights the good. I really don’t think anyone needs to see this in theaters (besides one beautiful shot of pooh putting his hand through some grass), so unless you have MoviePass or something just wait until the VOD release.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Senior Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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