Movie: Goodbye Christopher Robin
PG: thematic elements, some bullying, war images, and brief language
Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the story of how the beloved Winnie the Pooh stories began, and of their author, A.A. Milne. A few years after the birth of his son, Milne decides to relocate his family to a remote countryside as he tries to recover from his traumatic war experiences. Despite being centered around the creator of one of the happiest books in history, this movie is anything but. Apart from a few key scenes, this film is very somber; it can go from heartwarming and sweet to infuriating and bitter in a snap. I’m glad the creators of the film decided to go with this “no pulled punches” direction, because it allows the audience to feel the complexity of the Milne family dynamic. If you’re a fan of the Winnie the Pooh series, or a fan of tear-jerking films, I definitely recommend Goodbye Christopher Robin.
Movie: The Mountain Between Us
PG-13: a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language
A neurosurgeon on his way to save a patient, and a photojournalist headed for her wedding are in a private plane as it flies through a storm. When things turn south, they are stranded on top of one of the coldest mountains in the world. At the conclusion of the film, I left with mixed feelings. Idris Elba convincingly plays an emotionally broken, yet logically sound doctor determined to survive, and I constantly found myself rooting for him. Until that is, I realized I had been duped; this is a romance disguised as a battle against nature. The Mountain Between Us is pretty solid for the first quarter of the movie, as the characters come to grips with their situation, but after that the survival element melts away into an awkward emotional negotiation. The romance detracts from the tension of survival, and the movie suffers for it.
Movie: Same Kind of Different As Me
PG-13: thematic elements including some violence and language
How many of us would be willing to reach out to a homeless stranger? Same Kind of Different as Me is a heartwarming movie about friendship and unconditional love that follows Rob and Debbie Ray (a rich but struggling couple), and Denver (a volatile homeless man who wants nothing to do with them). The acting has come a long way for Pure Flix Entertainment; the main cast performed excellently amidst the vast emotional spectrum within this film. What really stood out to me was the narrative; plot points were set up early and addressed in a timely and appeasing progression. The core of this film is the relationship between the Rays and Denver, a relationship that really portrays the command Paul wrote about in Colossians 3:12: “Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Micah Trimmer | Salt Lake City | Intermountain Division