Recommendation: This movie was not only funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking, but it was also very well-made and a wonderful trip down memory.
Writing/Screenplay: This movie was written to send a message, and it did so in a very artistic and successful way. This was a script intended to remind its audience of the joys of childhood and the importance of using leisure well. I would say the script succeeded in these things, by using some of the most classic Winnie-the-Pooh lines, consistently throughout the movie (keep scrolling to see specific lines in the quotes section). There was a lot of wit and humor in the language of this film, but it was used meaningfully to both entertain and engage the audience as only Pooh can.
Acting: There are two aspects of the acting in this film, the voice-acting and the live-action acting. For the characters of Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore the acting was very good, they stayed true to the iconic voices of the characters that I remember from my childhood. The other voices of the hundred acres’ woods did undergo some changes and as a result they felt unfamiliar to me.
The live-action acting was excellent, especially that of Bronte Carmichael. Ewan McGregor also did a great job as an older Christopher Robin. If I had one criticism it would be that unfortunately Ewan McGregor’s Scottish accent sometimes popped up, but all in all, the actors did a phenomenal job, maybe not Oscar-worthy, but certainly worth watching.
Cinematography: The use of color in this film to remind the audience of leisure and childhood was absolutely phenomenal and may have been one of my favorite parts of the film. The mise-en-scene of this film was incredibly intentional and consistent, it was excellently done. Though I did not notice any super fancy camera work, I really think so much effort was put into the set that fancy camera angles were unnecessary and probably would have been too much.
On a different note the animation was actually quite realistic and meticulous. The lines between reality and imagination were intentionally blurred in the way the the 100 Acre Woods was animated, again done very consistently with the theme of the movie. At first I thought having such life like characters in Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and so on would be strange, but it fit so well with the theme of the movie that after the first 5 minutes I didn’t even notice it anymore.
Soundtrack: To be honest, I did not notice too much about the soundtrack of the movie. This, to me says that music was used well to evoke the appropriate emotion from the audience at the appropriate time. Beyond that I have no real comments about the soundtrack.
Overall Score: 37/40
“Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.” –Winnie the Pooh
“Yesterday, when it was tomorrow, that was too much day for me.” –Winnie the Pooh
Christopher Robin: “The tree I remember was in the countryside, not here in London! There’s no opening!”
Winnie the Pooh: “I suppose it’s where it needs to be.”
Christopher Robin: “That’s a silly explanation.”
Winnie the Pooh: “Why, thank you.”
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” –Winnie the Pooh