Review: Christopher Robin makes for a great school holiday treat

The school holidays aren't too far away and gently pottering his way into cinemas next week is Winnie-the-Pooh.

His new film is called Christopher Robin, and alongside Pooh is Ewan McGregor.

Filmmaker Marc Forster reaches back into his Finding Neverland sensibilities to reach his intended audience here, and in doing so brings Pooh and friends to life for a new generation.

Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger - they're all near at hand as their childhood friend, Christopher Robin, played by McGregor, struggles with his busy grown-up job and busy grown-up life.

He's too busy in fact to remember what's really important, and when his increasingly exasperated and unhappy wife, Evelyn, and their young daughter, Madeline, decide the countryside is a better place for them, the distance between father and daughter doesn't become just geographical; it becomes far worse than that.

Fear not, Winnie-the-Pooh will very soon come tumbling out of the Hundred Acre Wood and into Robin's London backyard. It's here the story well and truly becomes a family caper - very cute, a little silly, a little funny and full of heart.

This film reminded me in the very best of ways how engaging these iconic AA Milne characters are and how marvellously they stand the test of time. This Bear of Very Little Brain and friends are rendered with a gently accessible old-school childish delight and make for a great school holiday watch.

Three-and-a-half stars.