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Obviously, I know who Winnie the Pooh is. I know the character, but I haven't ever seen a Winnie the Pooh movie in its entirety. Neither have I ever read any of the Winnie the Pooh books. I do know that this is a live action version of what was once known as a cartoon. I definitely did not have any intentions of watching this movie.
My girlfriend and I were on Netflix and we didn't know what to watch. She wanted to watch a movie that just popped up called Christopher Robin. Disney had heavily advertised their movie last year so I knew who Christopher Robin was but I told her I don't know anything about Winnie the Pooh and his friends. She said it was okay she'd fill me in as we watched.
So, the movie is basically about this guy Christopher Robin, obviously. It starts out with him as a kid playing with his toys Winnie the Pooh and friends. He eventually stops playing with them, and grows up. He becomes successful in his career, and it seems he's become too focused on work. He's forgotten how to play. A stream of events triggers Winnie the Pooh to awaken. He goes off to find his buddy, Christopher Robin. Little does Christopher Robin know, his world is going to be thrown upside down.
First off, the visuals for this movie are pretty amazing. I liked the art direction of the stuffed animals, and the way they move and interact. It's all very seamless and natural. Each of the characters are very charismatic and lovable. It's a very Disney film, it is formulaic, but it works. I have to admit that I was pulled into this movie.
Winnie the Pooh reminds me of Paddington Bear or Curious George. The curiosity and naivety of this fish out of the water character is fun, and likable. Winnie the Pooh and all of his stuffed animal friends' silliness is well contrasted by Christopher Robin's straight and narrow approach. In this aspect it almost seems like a buddy cop movie. There are also elements of Peter Pan from the movie Hook. I know there is a new audience that haven't seen too many of these movies so it'll seem fresh and new to them. A younger audience would definitely appreciate this movie especially since it's kind of geared towards them more.
It's a fun movie to watch, with the whole family. We need movies like this every so often. I have to admit that I'm starting to like all these good wholesome movies. They're a nice break from all of the intense action movies, or movies on heavy subjects that we see nowadays. If you're looking for something different, this is not the place to see it. This movie takes elements of different movies and, amalgamated them all into this one movie. It's a movie that you can relax to. Much like you'd do if you get off work, and watch TV.
While my girlfriend was watching she was telling me that they had a ton of throwbacks and nods to the original Winnie the Pooh books and cartoons in the past. That was all lost on me but she tried to explain them to me the best that she could. Despite the fact I didn't understand the homage they placed on the old material I still had a great time.
Overall, I had a good time and wouldn't be bothered if someone wanted to watch that movie again. I'm not particularly drawn to watch it again though. I would have to give this movie a 7.5 out of 10. It's got great characters, really good visuals, fun story but, very familiar as it takes elements from a ton of other movies. In this way, it felt formulaic, but not too much that I lost interest in the movie.