A spoiler-free Christopher Robin review for anyone who wants to see the film! Find out if Christopher Robin is kid-friendly, if the actors do the roles justice, and why I think everyone should see Christopher Robin at least once.
I was invited to an all-inclusive event by Disney for the Christopher Robin red carpet premiere. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.
I had the chance to watch Disney’s brand new Christopher Robin movie three times this week – once before interviewing Ewan McGregor and other cast members, once at the Walt Disney Studios Lot for the Christopher Robin world premiere, and once with my own family.
After watching the movie three times, I’ve had quite a bit of time to think about the movie and why I think everyone should see it at least once.
In case you know nothing about the movie yet, here’s a quick synopsis.
Christopher Robin is set in the 1940’s, years after Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is sent away by his parents to boarding school. Through tragedies and experiences, the story really begins with Christopher Robin working too hard and neglecting his wife (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). His boss has informed him he needs to cut costs at the luggage company he works at and Christopher realizes he’ll need to skip a weekend away with his family to work. Again.
In the meantime back in the 100 Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) has lost all of his friends and decides he needs to see if Christopher Robin can help, like he always did back in the day. Pooh and Christopher Robin meet up in London in a happy reunion. The rest of the movie follows along as Christopher Robin helps his old friends from the 100 Acre Wood and in return the 100 Acre Wood creatures help Christopher Robin in a way he didn’t know he needed.
Here are a few other things you may want to know about Christopher Robin!
Why Everyone Should See Christopher Robin
In a world filled with too much – too much noise, too much work, too much pressure – Christopher Robin gives us just what we all really need – permission to do nothing. Permission to take a break and play.
Christopher Robin isn’t a ground-breaking, earth-shattering movie. It’s a quietly beautiful one that focuses on what’s really most important. The scenery, the script, and the plushness of the stuffed animals help make Christopher Robin feel like, as someone on Twitter put it, a warm hug from a childhood friend.
Except when it doesn’t.
A hug is meant to feel warm, cozy, and comforting, and if you’re someone like me who is addicted to their phone and works too much, Christopher Robin isn’t warm and comforting. It’s an essential reminder that the scenario being played out on screen is one that’s far too real in our own lives.
Shutting the door to work while your spouse and child have a dance party in the other room. Having your child say I don’t ever see you. Working late to meet a deadline instead of going on a family adventure.
Those aren’t just scenes you’ll see in Christopher Robin – those three things have happened to me in just the last three months. So for me, Christopher Robin wasn’t a warm hug – it was a glass of ice water thrown in my face.
It was exactly what I needed to wake up this week and pay a little more attention to my own family. To open the door to my office and give my son that big warm Pooh Bear hug we both needed rather than closing it while he played in the other room.
And that my friends is why everyone needs to see Christopher Robin. To remind you of the importance of slowing down, putting family first, and just doing nothing.
Because as Pooh says, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.”
My Christopher Robin Review
I’m the first to admit that I go into movies wanting to be entertained for a few hours and if the movie did that, I’m normally satisfied. If a movie leaves me thinking after I leave the theater, that’s a bonus. And if a movie has me cringing or walking out of the theater, it’s a negative.
I’m probably biased because I went to the Christopher Robin red carpet premiere, interviewed the cast including Ewan McGregor, and have Jim Cummings talking in his Pooh voice on my phone, but I loved Christopher Robin. In a world of movies with terrible messages, I loved the slower pace and reflection provoking Winnie the Pooh quotes. And I loved seeing these classic characters come to life with their own humor, heart, and humility.
I also thought the actors – both stuffed and live – did a good job making an iconic childhood story come to life – talk about the pressure.
Is Christopher Robin Worth Seeing?
The short answer is definitely.
The longer answer is that if you’re like Winnie the Pooh and a simple red balloon makes you happy, you’ll probably think it’s a cute and charming movie with wonderful messages like I did. If you’re more like Eeyore and are expecting the worst, you may not see what I see. But that says more about you than it does about the movie. I hope you love it!
Is Christopher Robin Kid-Friendly?
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I went and saw Christopher Robin again tonight with my family, which included my husband and 5-year-old son. He’s seen a few live-action adult movies like The Last Jedi and Thor: Ragnarok but nothing overly scary or adult. I’m pretty protective about which movies he sees, but I felt 100% comfortable taking him to Christopher Robin.
There are a few things that might give you pause as a parent trying to decide if Christopher Robin is family friendly, so I’ve included those below. The other thing to note is that it’s a live-action movie, it’s about 2 hours long, and it’s not the quickest moving film.
Young young kids may get bored unless they’re huge fans of Winnie the Pooh in the first place, but there were tons of young kids in our showing, and they all seemed to do okay.
Minor spoilers below but nothing that’ll change the movie
The only things that might be concerning in the film for kids include:
- A very brief war scene where Ewan McGregor jumps to the ground and an explosion is heard
- A quick mention of death when someone passes away
- A foggy scene that’s dark and gloomy with some loud Heffalump noises
- A bit more intense scene where Christopher Robin is being attacked by a smoky heffalump in the water (this is the most intense part of the film)
- Christopher Robin yelling
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