Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Christopher Robin

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Adults can become frustrated when children do not retain the lessons they should, but on occasion, adults can be guilty of the same thing. Grownups can grow so preoccupied with one thing or another that they forget what is important. One of the purposes of art is to remind us of beauty and other things that are eternal. Christopher Robin, a film that focuses much time on stuffed animals that talk, does just this. It is a magnificent wake-up call to an adult world that has lost its way.

Christopher Robin is the fictional story of a boy with a vivid imagination who grows up and leaves his childhood behind. Ewan McGregor plays the adult version of Christopher Robin who now has a family and works tirelessly for a luggage company. Christopher Robin’s wife and daughter do not receive the time and attention they deserve because his boss demands that he work all the time. One weekend while Evelyn and Madeline Robin are away, Christopher is visited by his childhood friends, Winnie the Pooh and company.

Similar stories have been told before, but not many have been told this well. Christopher Robin is beautifully shot. The scenes with Pooh and others sometimes take on an artistic feel. At the same time, Pooh and his friends retain the same qualities that endeared many of us to them as children. They are childlike and funny. Christopher Robin accomplishes the rare feat of appealing to both adults and children. It might be too much for small children, but my nine-year-old son who is into video games and Goosebumps’ books loved it. That’s because it is an entertaining film with a story that touches all ages.

Christopher Robin reminds us to focus on what is important. Although it is set in a time shortly after World War 2, it is being released in a time when we need it most. As many parents nowadays stare at their phones while their children are right in front of them, maybe a film like Christopher Robin can encourage us all to set down the phone and pay attention to the child in our midst. We can easily forget what it was like to be a child. We can forget what it was like to have childlike wonder. We can forget what it was like when we were a child for a parent or adult to take an interest in us. Christopher Robin helps us to remember.

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