Goodbye Christopher Robin

"He looks like an Eeyore!"
Verdict: 
8/10 - an eye-opening and incredibly moving biopic about A.A. Milne
Release Date: 
Friday, September 29, 2017
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Discover the darker, sadder side of Winnie-the-Pooh in this touching biopic about author A.A. Milne.

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When you think of honey-loving bear Winnie-the-Pooh, you probably think of the T-shirt-wearing character from TV with a nostalgic glow, but the real-life story behind the books couldn't be more different from the uplifting tale that warmed the hearts of children worldwide.

At the start of the film, Alan Alexander Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) has returned from World War I, and after witnessing the horrors of the battlefield, he struggles to find contentment in his work as a playwright, primarily in comedies.

Suffering from shell shock, he decides he needs peace and quiet so he and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) leave their elite social circle in London for the countryside and become parents to Christopher Robin, whom they call Billy Moon (Will Tilston).

Christopher is basically raised by his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), who suddenly has to leave for a prolonged period of time due to a family emergency, and so Milne has to look after him.

They go on adventures with Christopher's toys in the nearby woods and Milne gets inspiration to write the Winnie-the-Pooh book, which becomes a worldwide sensation, making more of a celebrity out of Christopher than Milne.

An only child, Christopher is made to conduct interviews and do publicity and the books end up robbing him of his childhood and he comes to resent them.

He is later played by Alex Lawther, who has a strained relationship with his parents and goes off to fight in the war as a means to escape his name.

You would expect the biopic to be soppy and sentimental but it's far more hard-hitting than expected because it shows the darker side of what you imagine to be a happy, shiny success story.

Gleeson and Robbie may be the big names in the movie, but the stars are Macdonald and Tilston, who have such a wonderful relationship.

He is adorable, he loves Olive more than his mum, and he doesn't understand why his parents made him famous.

During this time, we see the world through his eyes and his looks of hurt and confusion really pull on the heartstrings.

It becomes even more emotional when we jump forward in time to see how Christopher has suffered throughout the years because of his fame.

For those that don't know the real story behind Winnie-the-Pooh, this is certainly eye-opening and will make you reassess what you thought you knew about the loveable creation.

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