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To start off, I would like to admit that I am a huge Disney fan; I've pretty much read anything and watched anything that has ever had to do with Disney. That being said, I was severely disappointed with the way this film played out.
Instead of being greeted with a heartfelt movie, the viewers were instantly hit with a tear jerker within the first ten minutes. The movie starts off in the hundred acre wood. It begins with all the characters throwing a party to send off Christopher Robin. It is completely obvious that they wanted to show just how much of an impact Christopher had to all those living there.
One of the scenes in the very beginning made it very clear how close Pooh and Christopher really were. Winnie did not grasp the concept of Christopher growing up and leaving them all. One of the things that probably made most of the theater cry was when Christopher Robin said, "I won't forget you Pooh. Not till I'm a hundred."
Even worse is that Christopher Robin did, in fact, forget about Winnie the Pooh up until he had a daughter that helped him remember. The moral of the whole movie was to never forget what was important to you.
During the whole film, Christopher Robin fights with all his childhood memories. When Christopher finally reunites with Pooh, his immediate response is to send him back.
During the time Christopher Robin was gone, Winnie the Pooh waited outside his door in the Hundred Acre Wood every day for thirty years. Knowing that fact is what broke everyone's and especially my heart. To know that Pooh had waited for him to return for such a long time only to be turned away when he finally saw Christopher again, that was the worst feeling in the world.
One thing I for sure could have lived without was the change in Christopher Robin, the fact that we had to watch as he became lifeless and dull. The moment he was sent away to boarding school, we never saw the creative side of him again, that is, until he returned to the hundred acre wood and defeated the feared Heffalumps.
Another thing that really bothered me about this movie was the fact that Christopher Robin, if he hadn't reunited with his childhood friends, would have fired all these people and most likely would have lost his child and wife. His misery was pushed on to his family. Even if he was not meaning to do that he could clearly see his wife and his daughter were suffering and so were all their relationships.
His wife even told him that she fell in love with his creativity and happiness and she did not see that in him anymore, She insisted that it was his dance moves that she fell in love with. She told him that it wasn't what he was working for but what he had that was enough.
Christopher's struggling relationship with his daughter was even worse, He was insistent on sending his daughter to the same boarding school that he had attended. The worst part was that she would have done just about anything to have her father approve of her and to make him proud. She even found some of his things and tried to connect with him on that. He could not see past his visions for his daughter's future. He couldn't differ his wants from her own.
The only thing I found heartwarming was the end of the movie. I found it amazing how his daughter had the same spirit as a young Christopher Robin. She lead all the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood to bring her father's important papers to him at work. The very end of the movie we see the whole family in the Hundred Acre Wood, the W family having a picnic together.
So the movie does in fact end where it began, Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh together again.