What to Do? What to Do? Go See the New Christopher Robin Movie! It Opens Everywhere August 3, 2018

Christopher Robin (Family Fun Calgary)

Not long ago I was at Disneyworld and in line with my children to meet Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger. In front of us was a gruff-looking older gentleman wearing a biker vest and sporting a scruffy grey beard. When this gentleman reached the front of the line, his face crinkled into a broad grin and he threw his arms around Winnie-the-Pooh in a great bear hug. I giggled behind my hands and commented to my husband how Winnie-the-Pooh seemed to bring out the kid in everyone.

Disney’s newest movie, Christopher Robin, capitalizes on this nostalgia for simpler times and the wish that life could be a little more carefree. Christopher Robin is now grown and world-weary, with a family of his own. Life is difficult when you’re overworked, unappreciated, and facing an uncertain future. The idyllic days of the 100-Acre Wood have long been forgotten and he has little time to even enjoy his family.

But when Christopher is unexpectedly reunited with Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of childhood friends, he is thrust into a world of wonder, whether he expects it or not. The bear of very little brain manages to come up with such pithy comments as, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best something,” reminding Christopher of what is really important. Family, loyalty, and the value of play is always timely. Ironically, Eeyore offers the most laughs with his unique look on life.

Christopher Robin was exactly what I wanted it to be. It’s a charming look at childhood and a reminder that life is happening now. Filled with nostalgia, gentle humour, and sweetly poignant reminders of what we most care about, it provided a light-hearted escape back to the wonder of childhood and imagination.

Come remember the Hundred Acre Wood and the cuddly friends who lived there when Disney’s live-action adventure, Christopher Robin, opens everywhere August 3, 2018.

Christopher Robin is stuck in a job where he is overworked, underpaid and facing an uncertain future. He has a family of his own, but his work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Winnie the Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make-believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang, including Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions . . . because best friends will always be there for you.

Advanced Screening:

When: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
Address: 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB

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