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.


Review

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 Robin.

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 Winnie-The-Pooh stories.

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.



Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)


119mins

Director: Simon Curtis
Starring
: Domnhall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston


UK Release: Friday 29th September 2017

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