GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship
between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his
son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world
of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his
nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept
up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing
hope and comfort to England after the First World War.
Everyone knows author AA Milne’s famous bear Winnie-The-Pooh but very few
will know the truth behind its creation. The facts are brought to life in
director Simon Curtis’s charming and delightful drama Goodbye Christopher
The story begins with Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) returning from the trenches
of the First World War and after being traumatised by what he’s seen and
unable to settle in London, moves his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) and son
Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) to a house in Ashdown Forrest.
The family along with the child’s nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald) move in to
their idyllic surroundings from where Milne hopes to write a book about the
folly of war.
Feeling left alone whilst his father struggles to write his book young
Christopher Robin asks his father to “write a book for me” and after
spending time in the woods with his young son, where they play with the
young boy’s collection of stuffed toys that include a sad donkey named
Eeyore and a small pig called Piglet, the author comes up with idea for the
Finding that the books are a massive hit with the public an unwilling
Christopher Robin is then plunged into the public limelight as everyone
wants to see and meet the real Christopher. He has to turn up at tea
parties with dozens of screaming kids and when he eventually goes to school
is continually bullied by children who are jealous of him.
The narrative of the film of how the mother and father, and in this case
especially the mother, is desperate for fame through their children is as
relevant today as it was at the time the film is set.
Young Will Tilston, in his first film, is fantastic as Christopher Robin,
going from a willing party at first to being uncontrollably caught up in
and losing his youth to the phenomenon that was and is Winnie-The-Pooh.
Kelly Macdonald is also a stand out as the one and only person who can see
the damage that all the attention is having on young Christopher.
Goodbye Christopher Robin is an emotional heartrending story about the
dangers of fame and is not to be missed.