Nostalgia is at its strongest point nowadays, and it’s time we revisit one of the oldest classics there is in our childhood books: Winnie the Pooh, alongside his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods: Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl, and most importantly… Christopher Robin.
The film, directed by Marc Forster and starring Ewan McGregor as the titular character in his adulthood, focuses on the life of Christopher Robin after he says goodbye to his childhood friends as he goes to “a world far beyond the land of heffalumps and woozles”, with the movie starting at his farewell party – told in The House at Pooh Corner, continuing with telling his life in boarding school, teenage years, the war, marriage, fatherhood and work.
Christopher Robin is no longer the kid who told Winnie the Pooh that doing nothing is his favourite thing. He is now a busy man who prioritizes work over everything else and who has very well forgotten what life is truly about.
I won’t say this movie is perfect because it’s not, as endearing and fussy as it is, but I can tell you that this is a movie with heart. It was made with love and respect to these wonderful characters that have shared with us their many expeditions and have given us many laughs over the years.
If you can let go of every judgment you have for the 1 hour and 44 minutes this movie lasts, I can promise you you’ll be submerged in the magic and amazingness that characterizes this bunch of friends created by A.A. Milne.
But there’s a thing that will especially get to everyone out there and that is every moment Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh – or Pooh for short – share on screen together, wether is in his child or adult form.
This is not a story about “never growing up”, but rather a story about friendship that never dies, about remembering what’s truly important in our lives and that sense of warmth that comes when you’re around the people you love doing nothing at all. It’s about remembering what it is to be a child and to not let that feeling go.
Yes, we all grow up, and it’s a natural thing that happens, but do we really need to forget about the Hundred Acre Woods while we do so?