Christopher Robin brings the classic Winnie the Pooh characters that children love to life, but it does so with a story that is considerably more grown up. CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg attended a roundtable interview with stars Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell where the pair spoke about their new film and the very adult concepts it struggles with. For Hayley Atwell, Christopher Robin beautifully deals with the misunderstandings that come from a child who feels unloved because a parent isn't around, and the parent who isn't around out of love for that child. According to the actress...
Certainly, this is a conflict that every parent has dealt with from time to time. A child's needs, while sometimes complicated to provide, and rarely complicated to understand. They want to be happy, they want to be safe, they want to be loved. However, a parent providing for those needs often is left unable to provide as much time or attention as either person wants. It's simple enough in movies like this, which have certainly been done before, to paint the parent as uncaring or too driven by a need to succeed, but in Christopher Robin, that's not the case. There's no question that the title character loves his family, it's out of that love that he chooses to work so hard, in order to provide for the people he loves.
Of course, part of the reason that the family dynamic exists as it does in Christopher Robin is that the film's setting, in post World War II London, was a time when this sort of family relationship, with a slightly distant father figure, wasn't necessarily uncommon. Ewan McGregor came to appreciate his own relationship with his children by playing Christopher Robin, and realizing that if he had become a father in an earlier era, he might not have had the same sort of relationship with them. According to the actor...
While Christopher Robin sees the return of some classic characters from children's literature, its story is truly one for adults, specifically, parents, who might need the help of Winnie the Pooh to get a new perspective on things. Christopher Robin is in theaters now.
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