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Christopher Robin: Nostalgia at its Finest

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Rebecca Malachowski: Arts and Leisure Editor

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If you are a now a Freshman, or just a future-focused person like myself, then you probably thought that the minute you walked onto Le Moyne’s campus that you were leaving behind your childhood, your dependency on your parents, and of course that ratty old, but secretly beloved stuffed animal that you have on your bed at home. I know I did, and probably would still feel this way, if I had not gone to see Christopher Robin this summer. Going to see this movie was of course enjoyable, because you are guaranteed massive amounts of popcorn (I mean, that’s why people go to see movies in the theater anyways), but the movie itself was amazingly done and I cannot wait to write about it so here is your spoiler alert now.I won’t lie to you guys—the beginning will pull at your heart strings. The first few minutes show Christopher Robin growing up: he has to leave the Hundred Acre Wood to go to boarding school, his father passes away, and he has to fight in the grueling trenches of World War II while leaving behind his pregnant wife, Evelyn. The stress of Christopher’s young adult life causes him to lose all his imagination and “forget” Winnie the Pooh and his other plush friends. During the present time period, Christopher is shown working non-stop, isolating himself from neighbors and co-workers and even distancing himself from his wife and daughter, Madeline that they end up taking a long trip to Christopher’s childhood home without him. But, like all good stuffed animals with a conscience, Pooh and the merry band of Hundred Acre Wood residents were there to lend a helping hand to Christopher and his family at a time when they had forgotten what was important.I believe that this movie was truly well made. My inner child was beyond pleased. Numerous amazing actors signed onto the movie. Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell were the main stars, though I was the most excited when I realized that Jim Cummings, the original voice of Pooh, was all set to reprise his role as the silly old bear, as well as Tigger in this film. Cummings claims he was “overjoyed” to play this character again and “more than happy to bring these characters alive for a new generation.” This movie would be appropriate for anyone. Of course, young children will be thrilled with the fun voices and the stuffed animal slapstick humor and action sequences, but this movie is utterly perfect for people like me who grew up watching Winnie the Pooh, the kids who curled up on a rainy Saturday morning to watch old episodes and Pooh’s Heffalump Movie but are now twenty-somethings looking for some nostalgia. Even if you were not a religious Winnie the Pooh watcher, I really believe the true nature of this movie makes it a must see.

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Christopher Robin: Nostalgia at its Finest