Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Christopher Robin Review - 3½ Stars

Christopher Robin tells his stuffed animal friends goodbye, and leaves the 100-acre woods for boarding school in the poignant opening scene of "Christopher Robin." Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends understand that children grow older and move on. Or do they? In "Christopher Robin," we meet the boy as a man needing a few life lessons from his little friends. The inner child idea isn't new, but it gets a fresh look in this mix of animation, puppetry, and live action. Ewan McGregor has just the right touch as grown-up Christopher. Great voice work for the animals includes Jim Cummings' incarnation of Winnie-the-Pooh and Brad Garrett as the always pessimistic Eeyore. "Christopher Robin" avoids sentiment, but makes its point that growing up isn't all that great. I laughed, and misted up, and felt a few pings from my own childhood. "Christopher Robin," rated "PG," 3½ stars. Does it deliver what it promises? Funny and touching story of rediscovering one's childhood. Is it entertaining? Funny and charming. Is it worth the price of admission? Family entertainment.