Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Orton O'Brien, Bronte Carmichael, Elsa Minell Solak, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Ronke Adekoluejo, Katy Carmichael, Tristan Sturrock, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen, Toby Jones.
Director: Marc Forster
Screenplay: Alex Ross Perry, Allison Schroeder, & Tom McCarthy.
Silly old bear… Jim Cummings voice takes you right back to your most innocent memories. His timbre, cadence, husk, and warmth hugs you right around your heart and squeezes with affection. Jim Cumming’s voice of Winnie the Pooh is a gift to the world, a gift to any child, and to any inner child that is allowed a moment to show its little head.
The sombre world that we find ourselves in amazingly hurts, all your emotions that surround that voice flood in and crash onto rocks. It is the reminder that we have lost Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga & Roo. Every time he opens his mouth is heartbreaking, he is there but has been left behind and for most of the movie we are constantly in fear that he may be left behind forever.
This film is simply Hook (1991) where Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) has to re-learn the importance of play, of connection to his family and childhood. It is a reminder to us that life is not tomorrow but is in fact today and must be treasured and used. Pooh is the reflection of everything that Christopher Robin has left behind and forgotten. He finds his childhood friend a hinderance that connects further to his family. Pooh is the healer, and he comes at a time that Christopher needs the most before he literally loses everything.
This film does have its downfalls, the plot is a little stretched with silly trivial side quests that fill the running time. The characters are a little too troped and used for one purpose in the story. But really if I were a 6 year old who gre up with this and saw it again 20 years later, I know the magic of this film will stay true and be protected by my nostalgia — here’s lookin’ at you Matilda (1996).