Christopher Robin’s job turns him into a bit of a bad guy, but the job itself is arguably the movie’s real villain. Christopher Robin is, strangely, the second-most pro-labor movie of the year after Sorry to Bother You, although there’s obviously a gigantic margin between the two. This pro-labor throughline reaches new heights during the movie’s climax, when Christopher Robin, having reconciled with Pooh as he makes a mad dash back to London in time for the board meeting, comes up with a novel way of saving the company.
With the important papers he’d written his original plan on lost to the wind, Christopher Robin has an epiphany. He tells the company’s founder that he should give all of his employees on all levels in every sector of his vast business empire paid vacation time. Also, they should all get raises. At first, the boardroom of stuffy old white men is aghast, but Robin explains that by giving all those employees time off and disposable income, they’ll be able to afford the products they’re making, and the suitcases they buy for their newfound vacation time will keep the company afloat, no cuts needed.
It’s not quite the stirring call to unionize that you might have been hoping for (way to give all the credit of the labor movement to one dude in middle-management and a magnanimous CEO), but Christopher Robin’s deus ex machina is labor rights. That’s wild stuff for a movie ostensibly about growing up and catching up with a beloved silly ol’ bear.
Christopher Robin is now in theaters.