Goodbye Christopher Robin

INSPIRED BY THE TRUE STORY. 

After surviving World War I, writer A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) becomes a father to a boy and reluctantly postpones his project of writing an anti-war book in favor of stories about a boy and his live toys. Much like Miss Potter (2006) showed us how Beatrix Potter found her way to Peter Rabbit, this biography shows us how A.A. Milne came up with Winnie the Pooh and what a crucial role his son played. Much of it was a tortured affair, considering Milne’s bouts of PTSD and Christopher Robin’s feelings of having his privacy robbed by the whole world at an age when he couldn’t stand up for himself. Beautifully conceived and movingly told, with a great cast, even if Daphne is somewhat underdeveloped.

2017-Britain. 107 min. Color. Produced by Steve Christian, Damian Jones. Directed by Simon Curtis. Screenplay: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Simon Vaughan. Cast: Domhnall Gleeson (A.A. Milne), Margot Robbie (Daphne de Sélincourt), Kelly Macdonald (Olive/Nou), Will Tilston (Young Christopher Robin Milne), Alex Lawther, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Last word: “That bridge that we show is the actual bridge Milne and the boy would’ve played Pooh Sticks on the first time. We dressed it a bit to make it look a bit older, but it’s essentially the same bridge and the rock they sit on at the end actually has a sign on it dedicated to A. A. Milne. The house wasn’t the authentic house. However – it was another house very like it with authentic period interior decorating. What’s interesting is that the real house that Milne wrote in was also the house that Brian Jones (of The Rolling Stones) bought and died in.” (Curtis, Geek.com)

 

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