*Obligatory Spoiler Warning!*
This isn’t the kind of film I’d normally go and see but I had my niece and nephews with me. My nephew Charlie is obsessed with Tigger and my niece Jessica had a similar obsession with Piglet when she was younger (though secretly I think she still does).
The story starts with a young Christopher Robin, preparing to leave 100 acre wood, his friends and his home to go to boarding school. He promises never to forget Pooh and the rest of the group. Lots of time-jumps occur including Christopher’s time at school, fighting in World War 2, meeting Evelyn (
Agent Peggy Carter Hayley Atwell), getting married to Evelyn and finally having a daughter called Madeline.
Grown-up Christopher Robin (
Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan MacGregor) has forgotten all about Pooh and his friends and is now head of efficiency at Winslow’s Luggage Company and is told by his boss (Mark Gatiss) that he has to make cuts. The pressure of the job is affecting his home life, including his relationship with Madeline, as well as causing him stress at work.
Meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh has woken up to find that all of his friends have vanished. He needs Christopher Robin’s helpto find them. Pooh risks going through the door to Christopher’s world to find him, battling Woozles and Heffalumps on the way.
It’s a great film for kids, though some younger children may need the opening part of the story read to them as there is a lot of on-screen text, just as if it was taken straight from one of the books. There are lots of humorous moments and whilst it’s not as funny as Paddington, it does have its own unique charm.
Pooh, Eyeore, Piglet and Tigger are all well used. Not enough is seen of Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl which is a shame as the scenes they are in a awesome.
If you are an adult it’s still well worth a watch, especially if you grew up with the stories of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang from 100 acre wood. It’s got quite a powerful message for adults