Christo­pher robin

Empire (UK) - - CINEMA - HOH

★★ OUT 17 Au­gust / CERT pg / 104 mins Di­rec­tor Marc forster

cast Ewan Mcgre­gor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Jim Cum­mings

ONCE A Play­ful young boy, Christo­pher Robin (Mcgre­gor) has grown up and is now a stressed out fa­ther who’s aban­doned his fam­ily to deal with an of­fice cri­sis. He needs some­one to re­mind him what’s im­por­tant: so in steps Pooh. The plot is overly fa­mil­iar, from Hook, Mary Pop­pins and a mil­lion other tales of fam­i­lies fixed by mag­i­cal means. The tone veers oddly be­tween de­light­ful scenes of Robin re­dis­cov­er­ing a sense of whimsy, with strangely down­beat seg­ments as they hunt for Pooh’s van­ished friends, and manic bits with all the an­i­mals gathered to­gether. Un­like the bear of very lit­tle brain, this is a film pulled in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions with en­tirely too many thoughts in its head.

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