Sunday, July 10, 2011

Movie review: Winnie the Pooh

Before I was born, my parents decorated my nursery with Winnie the Pooh decor.  So I can safely say that I've been a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh for my entire life! I've shared that love with my kids, and they've gotten to know the Winnie the Pooh characters through some of the more recent adaptations of the classic stories. So we were all really excited to see the new movie, Winnie the Pooh, at a screening of the movie this past weekend. Here's the movie's synopsis, from a press release that I received:
Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original short films, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.  “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh.  Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters in the U.S. on July 15, 2011.
I expected that we would all enjoy the movie because, really, who doesn't like a Winnie the Pooh movie! What I did not expect was that the entire family would enjoy it so thoroughly.  As I would laugh at the subtle jokes, I would look over and see my husband laughing heartily as well.  Then at different parts in the movie, our kids were the ones laughing hysterically, over some mess that the characters had gotten into.  Both Daniel and I agree that this is the best movie for a family that we've seen in a long time.  Everyone in our family, from age 2 to age 43, had a great time.  We've been raving about it to our friends and family ever since we left the movie theater yesterday afternoon!

My personal favorite part of this new movie is that it is so true to the books and is so much like the Winnie the Pooh movies that I grew up watching. I kept feeling nostalgic for my childhood while I watched, and I'm so glad that this movie is around for me to share with my own children.  One note- the movie is just over an hour in length- which is great if you're watching with small kids, but if you're paying full price at a movie theater and don't have wiggly little ones in tow, you may feel that that's too short.  If you're looking for a wonderful family movie to see this summer, definitely check this one out. It opens in theaters on July 15.

Disclosure: My family received passes to attend this movie so that I could review it here. I received no other compensation and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.