★★ 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.