Movie Review: Christopher Robin

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Christopher Robin Summary

Christopher Robin is leaving for boarding school, so his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood – Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Rabbit – throw him a goodbye party. Christopher comforts Pooh and tells him that he will never forget him.

Christopher’s rough experiences in boarding school and the sudden death of his father force him to mature quickly and he soon puts behind the Hundred Acre Wood and his friends there. He grows up, marries architect Evelyn, has a daughter named Madeline and serves in the British Army during World War II. After the war, he works as Director of Efficiency at Winslow Luggages. He neglects his family due to his demanding job and plans on sending Madeline to boarding school, just as he was sent to boarding school. With the company hitting hard times, Christopher’s superior, Giles Winslow Jr., tells him to decrease expenditures by 20%, largely by choosing which employees to lay off, and to present his plan on Monday. This causes Christopher to miss joining his family at their countryside cottage in Sussex for a summer-ending weekend.

When Pooh awakens the next morning and is unable to find his friends, he decides to travel through the door through which Christopher Robin is known to emerge and finds himself in London. He reunites with Christopher, who is shocked to see Pooh, but takes him back to his London home. After a night and morning of chaos, Christopher escorts Pooh back to Sussex on the next train.

After sneaking past Christopher’s cottage, the two enter the Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher becomes exasperated by Pooh’s absent-mindedness and fear of Heffalumps and Woozles. Pooh, in an attempt to return Christopher’s compass to him, trips into Christopher’s briefcase and his papers spill onto the ground. Christopher, enraged, yells at Pooh, declaring he is not a child any more, before they are separated in the fog. He falls into a Heffalump trap, which is flooded by rainfall, soaking him and his belongings.

Christopher discovers Eeyore and Piglet, who lead him to the others, hiding in a log out of fear of a Heffalump (revealed to be the squeaking of a rusty weathercock from Owl’s house after the wind made it fall from its tree while they were having tea). Unable to persuade his friends that he is truly Christopher Robin, he pretends to defeat the Heffalump to convince them. Having vanquished the Heffalump, Christopher finally convinces his friends that he is Christopher Robin, and they joyfully greet him. When they reunite with Pooh, Christopher apologizes for getting upset earlier and tells him how lost he feels. Pooh forgives him, reminding Christopher that they have found each other and comforts him with a hug. The next morning, Christopher rushes from the Hundred Acre Wood to make his presentation, after Tigger gives him his briefcase. On the way, he encounters his family, but much to Madeline’s disappointment, he leaves for London.

Pooh realizes that Tigger removed Christopher’s paperwork when drying his briefcase, so Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore decide to return it. They meet Madeline, who recognizes them from her father’s drawings. Madeline joins them, wanting to dissuade her father about boarding school, and they board a train to London. Evelyn follows after discovering a note Madeline left. At his presentation, Christopher discovers that his briefcase contains items from the Wood that Tigger had given him, including Eeyore’s tail. Evelyn arrives and Christopher joins her to search for Madeline. Madeline’s group stow away in crates, but Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet are accidentally thrown out, and they encounter Christopher and Evelyn in the process. Pooh and Madeline arrive near the Winslow building and reunite with Christopher and the others, but Madeline accidentally trips on the stairs and loses all but one of the papers, upsetting her and Pooh. Christopher assures Madeline of her importance to him and tells her that he will not send her to boarding school.

Using the one paper Madeline saved, Christopher improvises a new plan involving reducing the prices of luggage, selling their luggage to ordinary people to increase demand and giving employees paid leave. Winslow Jr. dismisses the idea, but Winslow Sr. warms to it and agrees to the plan. Winslow Jr. is humiliated as Christopher points out that he contributed nothing to the plan, having been out golfing all weekend.

Christopher, along with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet, finally take his family into the Hundred Acre Wood to meet the rest of his friends. As everyone relaxes at a picnic, Pooh and Christopher Robin both share a tender moment together.

In a mid-credits scene, the employees of Winslow’s are seen having fun at the beach while Richard M. Sherman performs “Busy Doing Nothing” on a piano. Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore are relaxing on beach chairs with Eeyore saying “Thank you for noticing me”.

Christopher Robin Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was worried at first about this live action adaptation but it was cute and brought back so many memories. It hits hard for me but the little enjoyed it.

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