A boy best known for a Disney cartoon grows up and becomes boring. He has a job in the corporate world that requires him to break promises to his kid, and that leads to a strained relationship with his entire family. Then a beloved figure from his childhood returns to remind him how to be happy.
I just described Hook. Oh, and the new Christopher Robin.
After a prologue, we get to see Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) grow up and go through personal tragedy as he takes on adult responsibilities, and as a result he’s completely forgotten about his childhood toys/friends Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest. As it is, the residents of the Hundred Acre Woods still remember and depend on him to solve their problems, and that leads Pooh to somehow strike out for London just as Christopher Robin’s job demands he do the sorts of things that happen in movies like this one. You know what sorts of things. The kind of things that lead to a lot of bad things like job stress to avoid layoffs, bad bosses being bad, and disappointing Hayley Atwell.
Dude, do not disappoint Hayley Atwell.
So, this was fine, but nothing to write home about. The plot was familiar for this genre, and while McGregor still has a boyish look to him, there wasn’t much to set this one out compared to the many other movies of this genre about an adult who learns to enjoy life again. The special effects are fine, though they aren’t that much better than anything I saw in Ted. And while it was nice to hear the voice of current Pooh/Tigger Jim Cummings as those two characters, I am a bit confused as to why the other characters in the Hundred Acre Woods were recast. Nothing against Brad Garret, but Peter Cullen is still doing a lot of quality voice work. That said, Eeyore probably steals the show with the best lines in the movie, though not enough for me to recommend seeing the movie for anyone who isn’t a die hard Winnie the Pooh fan. Seven out of ten messy honey eaters.