It’s always a sunny day when Christopher Robin comes to play! Oh how true. I took my whole family to see Disney’s Christopher Robin, and I have to say I had very high hopes for this film, and they were all surpassed. Christopher Robin serves up nostalgic bliss on a silver platter. The movie brings back our favorite characters from the Hundred Acre Wood in an all new story. This time, Pooh and the gang set out to save Christopher Robin from the ever frightening Woozel… aka his boss at his very demanding and all consuming job.
In the movie we see how Christopher Robin came to be a grown man with his own family. We see him have one last hurrah with his pals in the woods before he leaves for boarding school. As they sit, bear and boy, together on a log, Christopher promises he will always keep Pooh in his heart. Of course, time passes and he has not seen his furry friend in quite some time. When Pooh finds his other friends missing, he feels the need to go through the door which Christopher Robin is known to appear from. It just so happens to lead him to his long lost pal, right when they need each other the most.
The moment Pooh and the grown up Christopher Robin see eye to eye for the first time in years, is enough to bring tears to your eyes. I love that Pooh knew he needed to go looking for his friend, and without realizing it, he changes Christopher Robin’s life. Pooh is seeking his old pal’s help to find his lost friends back in the Hundred Acre Wood. Reluctantly, Christopher agrees and helps Pooh, but not without the mention of how busy he is, and the deadline he has to meet, ignoring all the signs of how overworked he really is. There is one part in the movie where Christopher is holding his briefcase with all of his important things, and Pooh asks if that case is more important to Christopher than his daughter. Cue the waterworks! This movie beautifully illustrates the importance of needing to balance your work and family life. It really hit home as a parent watching this movie. I know I too am guilty of putting things before my kids and family. If only we could all remember when times were so simple, what it means to unplug and play on our hands and knees at eye level with our children. Working towards a “better life” means you might be missing the wonderful parts of your life happening now!
I was absolutely smitten with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, and Owl. The gang is exactly as you remember them, getting into the same kind of silly trouble, but always there for one another. Through their journey of saving Christopher Robin, Pooh tries to remember his friends’ best advice to him. Think. Think. Think. This quote is one I say often to my own kids and myself. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin
This movie was a good reminder to stop and smell the roses, enjoy the views along the journey, and that nothing is more important than spending time with the ones you love. This silly old bear offers up some very wise advice.