CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (G) Let’s hear it for the toys, US, 104 min
First things first: this is a completely different film from last summer’s Goodbye Christopher Robin. This lighter, brighter effort gently celebrates the enduring appeal of the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. The story begins with a grown-up Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor) doing it tough as an adult in 1950s London. As a distance opens up between Christopher and his family, his old childhood pals reappear to bring it all back together. The charm of this movie resides in the comforting manner in which the likes of Pooh, Piglet, Roo, Owl and the incomparable Eeyore have been brought to believable life through the magic of CGI effects. Mr Robin’s playmates certainly look their age — like stuffed toys that have seen better days — but not once lose their agelessness. Overall, a little bit slower and less spectacular than contemporary family films, but a little more memorable.