Like most people who were young once, Winnie the Pooh and his pals were a part of my childhood. I had heard that this movie was out but since (again, for anyone that follows me) it was in very few theaters here and then it was overdubbed in Thai, which is fine but the voices are lost from the actors when they do this.
The story begins with a young Christopher Robin having a going away party in the Hundred Acre Wood (where Pooh and friends live) because Christopher is leaving for boarding school. Christopher tells Pooh and crew that he will "never forget them" and then leaves the wood. Of course Christopher forgets about them.
Life becomes hectic for Christopher in the real world as he is busy at work and essentially is married to his job. As is typical in these sorts of stories Mr. Robin starts having issues with his own family because he is never at home. He misses holidays and even has to bail on going on a short vacation with his wife and daughter because of his job.
This leads to Pooh wandering into the real world and encountering Christopher Robin in a park and at first Christopher (played by Ewan McGregor by the way) believe he is delirious and is seeing things.
Christopher returns Pooh to the Hundred Acre Wood and some fun things happen and basically being reunited with his childhood pals makes everything in his life in London good again.
The movie is entertaining because I really enjoy the CGI as it never looks fake (it must have cost a fortune) and the endearing characters of Eeyore, Piglet, Roo, and of course Tigger are just a lot of fun for me to revisit. It kind of makes me wonder if the animals in the wood were always just a figment of Christopher's imagination that were brought to life by some sort of magic. The world in which they all live, with the misspellings and whimsical characters are basically the playtime antics of any child.
The dangerous message I referred to in the title is that the only way that things can be repaired in life is to abandon hard work and instead focus on silliness in order to obtain true happiness. While this may be true for a lot of things it is also a fantastic method of achieving being homeless and out of work. At one point Christopher encourages his daughter to not focus on her studies and instead to play and not have a care in the world. Pooh spouts fun platitudes such as "people say nothing is impossible but I do nothing every day."
Maybe I am reading too much into it.
I quite enjoyed this movie and would likely watch it again if given the chance. I would say that there is very little chance that your childhood wasn't touched by Pooh and friends at some point (unless you were a child before 1926) and that being the case this film is a lot of fun.