Feat. The music of Florence + The Machine
“They say nothing is impossible. But I do nothing every day.”
A workaholic father, Christopher Robin, rediscovers the joys of life, after his childhood teddy bear, Winnie The Pooh, emerges from a willow tree outside his London home, and leads him on a journey across the English countryside.
Like Pooh to Christopher Robin, this movie was for me a perfectly unexpected and delightful surprise. The sort of experience that lifts the fog, chases away that little black rain cloud, vanquishes those mean heffalumps and woozles. If only for a night.
Pooh, and Christopher Robin are a juxtaposition of opposites. Pooh is a “bear of little brains,” who does little more than eat honey all day and wander around the forest with his head in the clouds. Christopher Robin is an intelligent and productive man. However, his work responsibilities are so immense that his wife and daughter feel neglected, and his soul languishes.
Pooh’s idyllic lifestyle seems preferable to the hustle and bustle of Christopher Robin’s. Still, neither character seems truly happy. Not without each other.
In one scene, Christopher Robin, worried about meeting deadlines, is on the verge of leaving his childhood friend for good. Resolutely, he walks away from Pooh outside his willow tree home in the forest. From the front door, placid, Pooh bear, says goodbye in his usual soft tone of voice. The scene is so sad. Yet, this scenario happens all the time in real life.
On the one hand, work is a noble and fulfilling enterprise. After all, someone has to make the world go ’round. On the other hand, work can be a perfect bane of relationships and happiness. Pooh bear can attest. And so can I for that matter.
There’s got to be a middle path between work and leisure. This film, through the differing philosophies of its two main characters, allows us to glimpse that middle way in our own lives, perhaps. If it doesn’t help you achieve work/life balance just yet, Christopher Robin is sure to make you smile. For, there is hope in the image of Pooh and Christopher Robbin sitting doing nothing together. Nothing but enjoying the pleasure of each other’s company. Their time together will be entirely forgotten, if you believe “nothing comes from nothing.” Yet, against the backdrop of today’s busy and brutal world, the ability to do nothing and be happy would seem to amount to a state of enlightenment. To be able to be still for a moment instead of flailing one’s arms to try and swim to the top of the same tank we are all drowning in… Maybe Pooh is right when he says that, “doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” Especially when you do it with someone very special.
EFC 3.4 Soundtrack – “No Choir” by Florence + The Machine
Release Date: August 3rd (USA)
Director: Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner, Monster’s Ball)
Writers: Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Alex Ross Perry. Greg Book (Story By), Mark Steven Johnson (Story By). A.A. Milne (Characters), Ernest Shepard (Characters)
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen, and Toby Jones
The Inside Out: Joy (34), Sadness (20), Fear (10), Disgust (10), Anger (4)