The first reviews are in for Disney’s Christopher Robin movie, which boasts Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Mark Gatiss among its all-star cast.
The film, which is inspired by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard’s Winnie the Pooh books, is a live-action/CGI hybrid based on the iconic children’s franchise. The story sees Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor) all grown up, having lost his sense of imagination. Luckily, he reunites with his old stuffed bear friend (again voiced by Jim Cummings) and a charming new adventure begins.
Among the cast (which also includes the likes of Hayley Atwell and Mackenzie Crook) are Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and Doctor Who writer/actor Mark Gatiss. Capaldi stars as the voice of Rabbit, a neat freak and vegetable farmer from the Hundred Acre Wood. Gatiss, meanwhile, plays Giles Winslow Jr., Christopher Robin’s boss. Toby Jones (who you may remember as the Dream Lord from Amy’s Choice) also stars as the voice of Owl, the wise bird of the Hundred Acre Wood.
The film is out now in the US and has opened to some impressive reviews. Rolling Stone describes it as a “lyrical story of childhood innocence lost and regained”, while TIME says it’s “lovely to look at, a purely English heaven of heathery meadows and sun-dappled clearings”. The Chicago Sun Times gives particular praise to the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood, which includes Capaldi and Jones’ characters. “They’re all terrific at capturing the innocence and the childlike wonder of those characters, the family bond they share – and their undying devotion to Christopher Robin even after all these years.”
CNN Entertainment perhaps sums it up best though, stating that Christopher Robin exhibits “a genuine sweetness without becoming saccharine”. According to them, the movie serves as “a fleeting reminder of the simple pleasures of hanging out with family and a talking bear, which, in these frenetic times, is the kind of silliness that’s worth savouring.”