by Marisa Winterbottom, nerd
Did you grow up with Winnie the Pooh? Do you remember anything from the books, or shows or movies? I only remembered a few things about it, even though I was a big fan when I was younger. So when it was announced that a live action Winnie the Pooh movie was happening, I was quite excited, but also very nervous. How can they make this cartoon bear into a real stuffed bear? Can they do it
After the first trailer released I wasn’t so sure. The bear on the screen looked nothing like what I remembered. However, if you look at some of the original drawings from the books, he actually resembles that version. But what about the story? If they couldn’t make the story work, the whole thing would crash and burn, no matter how well they did on the CG stuffed toys. Fortunately for us all the story is enthralling, not entirely original, but it is one that adults can really relate to. Children will also enjoy it as Pooh and friends are still loveable as ever.
The film follows Christopher Robin in his adult years, when he is well into a career and has a family of his own. If you have ever seen Hook, same concept. Christopher becomes wrapped up in his career, and more important things are, well, neglected. Pooh shows up and turns Christopher’s life upside down and leads him on a journey to help remind him of his childhood, and to embrace the important parts of
I must applaud the director, Marc Forster. The imagery and movements are absolutely stunning. You feel as though you are transported to the 100 Acre Wood. Ewan McGregor did an amazing job as Christopher Robin. He really brought this character to life. The writers on the film did an amazing job of including songs and phrases from the original productions. It was pure nostalgia as I sang along with some of them (quietly, we were in a theater). I felt like a kid again watching Christopher Robin. Which I believe was the point. It is a reminder, that there are more important things in this world than money.
Live your life with the ones you love.