Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Christopher Robin **

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 19th August, 2018

A A MilneDisney bought the rights to A A Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh for a reported $350 million dollars (richly endowing some of the late author’s beneficiaries, including the Royal Literary Fund, Westminster School and the Garrick Club, in the process). That means Disney can basically do what they like with the characters of the children’s books until the copyright expires in 2026, including, it appears, what they like with the character of A A Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, for whom the books were originally written. Simon Curtis made a rather good biopic about the boy, Goodbye Christopher Robin, which came out last year and which highlighted how overwhelmed the lad felt by all the attention caused by the books’ success; in later life he just wanted to escape from it. Christopher Robin Milne died in 1996, but I fear he may be churning in his grave over the latest film offering from the Disney studios, Marc Forster’s Christopher Robin.

Christopher Robin 1 This is despite a sterling performance by Ewan McGregor, who somehow makes himself totally credible in the tittle role, while around him are prancing animated cuddly toys such as Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and, of course, Winnie-the-Pooh, the latter two voiced by American voice actor and singer, Jim Cummings — doubtless to make the movie more attractive to the American market, but it just sounds wrong in the context of this most English of settings. Similarly, the honey-textured musical soundtrack might have struck someone as a good idea, but it intrudes on the real drama of part of the story: the adult Christopher Robin’s relationship with his wife and daughter in a world where work takes first place. The real problem, though, is that the film doesn’t seem to know who its audience is. Children may love the scampering and blundering stuffed animals, but will adults be so enchanted? Similarly, while adults can relate to the human drama of this fictionalised version of the mature Christopher Robin’s life, including a flashback to his military service in the Second World War, will children really understand the nuances of what is going on? In other words, Christopher Robin falls between two stools with a thud. It’s only really worth seeing for Ewan McGregor as you have never seen him before, but otherwise frankly it’s a turkey.


One Response to “Christopher Robin **”

  1. Kip Milot said

    great thanks

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