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Christopher Robin Blu-ray Review

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“Christopher Robin” is too serious.

In “Christopher Robin,” the story follows the titular character as an adult. Robin has left Pooh and company behind, he’s fought in a war, he’s now married and has a daughter, and he works too much. Moreover, he doesn’t spend enough time with his family and seems to have lost himself along the way. When Pooh shows up and confronts Robin, the silly old bear tries to help Robin himself again and realize what is important in life.

Conceptually, “Christopher Robin” has a great premise. The idea of Robin wondering about his sanity amidst a mid life crisis offers up a lot of potential. Unfortunately, director Marc Forster and writers Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy and Allison Schroeder seemed to have forgotten this is a Disney film largely aimed at a younger audience. As a result, “Christopher Robin” is almost too adult and psychological at times which leaves little room for fun. Only in the end when Pooh and company make their way to London does the film become more comedic and charming but by then it’s too late. The journey to get to that point is often slow and dry with Ewan McGregor having to do far too much to keep the movie afloat.

‘Robin’ also seems to be juggling a bit too much at times. This is a father-daughter story, a story about confronting fears, a story about fighting for dreams, a story about reconnecting with your childhood, a story about sanity, and a story about adulthood. As you can imagine, the movie struggles to strike the right tone amidst all of these storylines. I also got the impression that it was never as emotionally affecting as it could have been because of the busy script and tonal shifts.

As mentioned above, the movie is at its best in the third act where the story finally comes to life. Not only does the story really click here, but it’s where we see the most humor and scenes from Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and so on. The visual look of the characters are especially fun to see as the CGI work maintains the stuffed animal designs. Of course, the great voice work by the likes of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, etc. really helps brings the characters to life as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? A fine transfer that will feel like you have been transported to the Hundred Acre Wood.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A lively 7.1 track.

Extras:
* Disney trailers
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* “A Movie Is Made For Pooh”- A featurette with film clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and discussions about the film and characters.
* “Pooh Finds His Voice”- A spotlight on the modern Pooh voice actor Jim Cummings.
* “Pooh And Walt Become Friends”- A story about the history of Walt Disney and Winnie The Pooh.
* ”Pooh And Friends Come To Life”- A look at the visual and practical FX.

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November 26, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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