I’m a movie lover. If there’s a new movie I’m going to watch it. Last year Disney made a live-action version of the classic Winnie the Pooh story starring Ewan Mcgregor in Christopher Robin. As a Winnie the Pooh fan when I was a child it seemed pretty obvious that I was going to enjoy this film but that soon turned out to not be the case and there’s a very simple reason: Winnie the Pooh.
As someone who loved the super cute, cuddly, bright yellow version of the character in the books I find this live-action version, voiced by Jim Cummings, a tad bit disturbing. His soft voice is creepy and his dingy yellow look makes one feel like this is the Winnie the Pooh of my nightmares.
As I tried to get invested in the story I could not stop feeling troubled by this teddy bear who loves honey and talks…so…slowly. This wasn’t the Winnie the Pooh of my childhood, hence I couldn’t continue watching the film.
I’m sure for others this movie can be enjoyable to a certain extent but I just couldn’t get over Winnie the Pooh who transitioned from creepy to annoying real fast.
So, for me, A Wrinkle in Time and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, both poorly reviewed by critics and audiences, were way more enjoyable than Christopher Robin. Maybe it’s my bias against Winnie the Pooh (actually, I know it’s my bias against Winnie the Pooh) but if the film was better maybe I could’ve looked past the teddy bear.
Hence, I’m giving this film 80 out of 100 and 3/5 stars.
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