Movie Monday – Christopher Robin

Movie Monday Christopher Robin (2)

My first thought while watching the recent release of Christopher Robin was of the Disney movies my siblings and I watched as children. The Disney Sunday Movie series came on TV every week with Mr. Eisner doing the introduction. Some movies were classics, some were new, but all were good. This movie was heartwarming like how those I remember from yesteryear used to be. A time when Disney catered to families with wholesome fare. (For those of you who want to take a step back into time and watch the intro to the Disney Sunday Movies series, you can see it here).
Christopher Robin (2)

We see Christopher Robin as a grownup now, working furiously to save his job, to the detriment of his family. When Pooh and the gang locate him after numerous years apart, will they remind him of what truly matters?

Christopher Robin is a sweet movie with a lot to offer families. It entertains the youngest viewers with silly antics of Pooh and his friends. For older viewers, a good lesson is thrown in the mix. Will Christopher realize the importance of his family? Will he seek to put them first before his job? Will he learn to have fun again?

There are melancholy parts as well. As I watched, I couldn’t help substituting in my mind a cell phone for Christopher’s “bag of important things.” Sadly, it’s a common occurrence to see parents spending more time with their cell phones than their families. But that’s a topic for another post.

Humor, drama, and a bit of light suspense round out this movie. My favorite humorous part involves Pooh on the train. I won’t give away spoilers, but let’s just say a grown man with a talking Teddy Bear does prove to be interesting.

Objectionable content: One utterance of “Good Lord”.

My two teenage daughters recalled fond memories of watching Winnie the Pooh and Heffalump when they were younger. We all agreed that the movie Christopher Robin was well done and that the voices of the characters were believable – and just as my daughters had remembered.

This movie is a winner for the young, the old, and everyone in between. I give it a Tigger-filled 4.5 out of five.


Looking for other Monday Movie reviews? Check out these past reviews…

Movie Monday: A Bramble House Christmas

Movie Monday: Switched for Christmas

Movie Monday – When Calls the Heart: My Heart is Yours

Movie Monday: Where Love Found Me

Movie Monday: Finding Father Christmas

Movie Monday – Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Movie Monday – Seasons of Gray

Movie Monday – The Mighty Macs

Movie Monday ~ Safe Harbor

Movie Monday – Silver Bells

 

 

 

 

 

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Movie Monday – Hot Lead & Cold Feet – 6/11/12

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

This week’s Monday Movie suggestion is Hot Lead & Cold Feet…

What’s family night without an old Disney movie thrown in every now and again? Hot Lead & Cold Feet stars the hilarious Don Knotts as the goofball sheriff in a small Wild West Arizona town. He spends most of his time dueling with Rattlesnake, an equally goofy town resident played by Jack Elam.

Twin brothers Eli and Billy, and their father, Jasper, are all played by the same man in this hilarious movie from waaaayyyy back in 1978. Eli and Billy are twins, and Eli was raised by their mother, while Billy was raised by their father. The differences in their upbringing are clear – Billy is a gunfighter who disregards the law and has turned the town his father founded into a chaotic mess filled with gunfights and lawlessness. On the other hand, Eli is a mild-mannered preacher who has taken in two orphans and makes it his own personal mission to be kind and do good to others.

What happens, then, when the twins’ father fakes his death and the two brothers meet for the first time (since their birth) in an effort to see who will win their father’s vast  inheritance?

This movie contains nothing objectionable and families will find themselves laughing at the antics of the characters.  Very young children may be frightened by the adventures Eli finds himself in during the race to win the inheritance. There is one spot (shown for laughs) where Eli is tricked into drinking whiskey (which he’s never had before). This is a great discussion point about being careful who we trust and not taking food and drink items from strangers.

I highly recommend this movie and a travel back into a time when innocent, wholesome, and funny movies were the norm and not the exception.

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