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Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
Runtime: 107 mins Release Date: 29 Sep 2017
Lessons can be learnt from this film, no matter how much you work, your children want you. (by markthomassintek)
REVIEW - GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Honestly didn't know what to expect when I went to see this film. As its based loosely around the creation of the Winnie The Poo stories I thought it was going to be a children's film but.......The film itself is actually and surprising very good, touching on the family dynamic of the upper classes during the 1930s to 1940s.Very stand offish parents who seem to care about their social standing rather than their son Christopher Robin and how this impacts on all of their lives. Looking at how one person can force the hand of another, in this case <more>
forcing father and son to actually spend time together and bond. Lessons can be learnt from this film, no matter how much you work, your children want you.Thoroughly enjoyable film on many levels. Rating 10 out of 10
My favorite film of my lifetime...All Quiet on the Western Front...Chariots of Fire...English Patient and Now: Goodbye Christopher Robin! Simply the best of many great films...It was a story about universal stories and done on so many levels...the difference of a child's imaginary world and the real world in which the child lives...a coming of age film...an overcoming of a war wounded mind...a father film...a mother film....the gift of a caretaker to a child and then to herself... an actress mom, center stage, on her every stage, the father writer who did not write..."I'm <more>
thinking"....and then he wrote about Christopher Robin...and Pooh... all rolled into one...tears and laughter and a realizing of a change in self as profound as when I watched other greats...thanks!
incredible true story and lesson for us all (by petercross-99199)
the film a true story of the background to the writings of a milne books, winnie the pooh and a lesson in life to us all is an incredible movie you are'nt expecting, a little slow in the middle then a powerful revealing of where the director wants to get you , tearjerking and heart moving but a great end as you sit in despair at the cost of a brilliant book revealed to the world, do the things you love with the people you love is one clear lesson go watch this movie , i rest my first ever writing of anything on it. 10 outa 10
Goodbye Christopher Robin: Grown Men Will Cry! (by brankovranjkovic)
Based on fact, a biography set in 3 distinct time periods, World War1 jumps to the 1930's and then World War2.The beginning examines the horrors of war, A. A. Milne fought in World War 1, when returning home we see how he's traumatised and still suffering from shell-shock, demonstrated by disturbing flashbacks triggered when a car backfires or a balloon bursting. The film follows the origin of the classic book 'Winnie the Pooh', how it was created, how it was inspired by the author's son and toys. Portrays how we might imagine middle class England was at that time. There <more>
is an obviously frosty, distant relationship between AA Milne and his son, you'll probably be surprised how gloomy the family's home-life really was. A.A Milne was already a successful journalist and playwright, but his war experiences motivates him to write an anti-war book, he moves the family to the country to concentrate on this. They take on a nanny Olive who builds a close relationship with their son. Unfortunately the author suffers with writers block and this results in his wife selfishly moving back to London until he can get his head in order and write again. The wife is a very un-likable irritating character, there was nothing redeeming about her personality! With the wife away the film becomes so much more interesting when the father starts to pay attention to his son and a friendship develops, this unlocks A. A. Milne's imagination. The book is written at a time when the population needed uplifting, and the book does that splendidly. The book and his son quickly become a worldwide success, although the sudden fame has a negative effect.The older version of the son is sent to boarding school and is constantly bullied until the students are conscripted to World War2. Unfortunately the son fails the army physical / medical although his burning ambition is to go to war, so he asks his father to pull strings to get him in and he does. We see the son in military uniform leaving on the train but soon a telegram 'missing in action-presumed dead' is unfolded.This is where many of the audience pulled out their tissues.I would not recommend this film for children, the very emotional WW2 scenes makes this probably not suitable for a young audience.
Touching story reminding us what life is all about... (by txbecks)
Goodbye Christopher Robin touched me personally and helped me to remember what life is really about. It touches on the trauma that can affect those closest to us. It shows how hard and long those times can affect our lives and those around us. The casting and acting was spot on for me. I could relate to the characters and could relate to their situation. It reminded me in some ways of "Finding Mr Banks", but touched me more deeply. There are movies you go to watch to escape the real world. This was a movie that helped me to remember what is important in this world and feel better <more>
for it. It was touching, heart breaking and had times that all parents can relate to. In the end it showed me how important it is to spend time with your children.It is a movie I will be adding to my collection.
Gentle and moving portrait of a dysfunctional family (by neil-procter)
As one who is fed up of infantile super-hero movies and "who's got the biggest" shoot 'em up films, I look for something a bit more grown up and intelligent. This fit the bill nicely - an exploration of the relationship between A A Milne and his son, for and about whom the Winnie The Pooh books were written. The tragedy is that, despite the lasting appeal of the books, Milne seemed to have been limited as a father. The two reasons the film gives for this is that, first, Milne was damaged by his wartime experiences, and second, that in those days, interaction with one's <more>
children seemed frowned upon for all but the poor. Milne's wife fared even worse as a mother, never forgiving her son for the pain of childbirth, leaving the child to be raised in the main by his nanny. The damage done to their relationships was permanent. Even the time Christopher got to spend with his dad seemed to be either in research for his books or on an endless promotional tour of the books. The most poignant illustration of this was when he allowed Christopher to be photographed in the enclosure with the bear from who Winnie The Pooh got his name. It is a poignant and touching film about a dysfunctional family. However accurate it actually is I found it moving and captivating.
More than just about Winnie the Pooh (by trevorwomble)
I watched this wondering if it was going to be a dull, forgettable period piece or a tedious biopic and was very surprised just how good it actually was.This is a really solid film with good performances and nicely directed. The plot concerns the true story of the life of the young Christopher Robin and the changing relationship he has with his parents in the 1920s.It blends the mental trauma his father has been living with since his WW1 experience, and Christopher Robin's own traumatic childhood, both of witnessing his own parent's fractious relationship and then the deep unhappiness <more>
of having his life turned upside down when his fathers book, Winnie the Pooh, becomes an enormous and unexpected worldwide hit and inadvertently makes a celebrity of Christopher Robin.This is a film primarily about family relationships and it is extremely well written too. Will Tilston, who plays Christopher Robin at 8 years old, puts in an exceptionally competent and sweet performance that makes you genuinely feel for the character.He finds the only person who actually understands and shares his anguish is his nanny, Olive Kelly MacDonald . Olive too notices how unhappy Christopher Robin becomes but her pleas fall on deaf ears.The only real flaw in any of the characterizations is Margot Robbie's turn as Daphne, Christopher Robin's mother. Whilst Domnhall Gleeson's AA Milne at least has some back story to explain why his mentally tortured writer is struggling to shake off his demons and thus oblivious to his son's reluctant celebrity status, Daphne comes across as somebody who is a bit cold and shallow and has no problems with watching her son get exploited to make the book a success. This may of course be what she was really like but the film doesn't dig very deep into her character. However this is a minor quibble in an otherwise well made film.There are moments of humour in the script and no bad language so I expect this film will appeal to older audiences as well as families. The film is also just about the right length too if you like a good old fashioned biopic/drama. There is also a moral at the heart of this tale about the need to let children have a normal childhood, which is very much applicable even now.
This a lovely film focusing on the relationship between A.A Milne and his son, Christopher Robin and how together they became sucked into the world of Winnie the Pooh.With good performances from all this is a wonderful film, all about lost innocence and the importance of family. We are left with the question about whether Milne really did his son too many favours by placing him in a children's book after all.Special mention must go to Will Tilston, who plays the young Christopher Robin so beautifully.I hope this film goes onto wider acclaim, because I thought it was marvellous.
Don't say goodbye to this film (by TheLittleSongbird)
A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories captivated me as a child and they are still wonderful stories through young adult eyes. The stories epitomise childhood innocence, the atmosphere is enough to enchant everybody regardless of gender and age and the characters are some of the most charming in children's literature Disney's treatment of them as some of their most famous ever creations is every bit as special .Hearing that there was a biographical drama based on the man, his life and his family, the desire to see 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' was overwhelming. Was not <more>
disappointed at all after seeing it today, it was a lovely biographical drama even with Milne's life not being what one would expect reading the stories or being familiar with the timeless characters, his dark and troubled personal life being the anti-thesis of the innocent and charming world created in his Winnie the Pooh stories. That was actually what was so fascinating about 'Goodbye Christopher Robin'.'Goodbye Christopher Robin' in biographical terms fascinates and illuminates. But the film fares even better judging it as a film on its own merits, on this front it is a lovely very good film that is neither the potentially cutesy cookie-cutter film one might think it would be reading the title or the overly dark and joyless one that one would fear upon looking up what the film is about. It's more layered than either.The film looks great for starters. The beautiful cinematography, with its vibrant hues, really brings the film to life in a way that reminds one of how a story book would. The settings and costumes are both sumptuous and vivid, making the viewer feel like they've been transported in time to that period and being part of it. Carter Burwell's string-heavy score is luscious and stirring in its elegance. Both combined creates a really nostalgic quality that could have been at odds at the dark portrayal of Milne's and his family's personal life but it's an effective contrast.When it comes to the writing, 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' is very intelligently and thoughtfully written and, considering that it has a subject matter where it is so easy to go heavy-handed and be too much of one tone, has evidence of sensitivity and nuance with touches of bitter irony in how such a happy childhood depicted in the stories was very much a miserable one in real life. The nods and references to Milne's work are clever and affectionate, enough to make one's eyes well up with aching nostalgia. The story is cohesive and never feels like it's jumping around too much or lacking momentum, it also has a lot of heart and affecting poignancy in how Christopher tries to get his father to loosen up and the interaction with his nanny along with Christopher the warmest and most sympathetic character in 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' .Direction lets the story to breathe but doesn't fail in giving it momentum. The performances are near-uniformly strong. The central character in fact is Christopher Robin himself, and while Alex Lawther does very well with teenage Christopher the star here is Will Tilston, who gives a touching and far more layered performance than one would think he was capable of. Instead of being overly-cute, he evokes tears of both playful joy and vulnerable sadness and the film particularly comes alive with the father/son relationship.As Milne, Domhnall Gleeson is excellent, whether one feels empathy for him is another story but he portrays Milne with an appropriately straight back and reserve and he is every inch the troubled figure. The levity of the story comes in the nanny character played by Kelly McDonald, the warmth and charm of her portrayal is much needed and her common sense invaluable.By all means, 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' is not without short-comings. The biggest one being the one-dimensional and without-redeeming-qualities character writing for Daphne which consequently makes Margot Robbie portray her far too firmly and coldly, even in the subject matter these approaches didn't gel.Short-coming number two is not buying and being put off somewhat by Milne and Daphne's far too casual, uncaring even, attitude for Christopher's welfare. This is something that makes one endear to them even less.Overall, lovely, moving film. 8/10 Bethany Cox