Goodbye Christopher Robin
Goodbye Christopher Robin is more than just a story about our beloved Winnie The Pooh, it's a story about a father and son, some bonds can be broken, and it’s heartbreaking. When interviewing the Director Simon Curtis, I had shared with him, I left Goodbye Christopher Robin knowing that, “The days are long but the years are short,” with our children. This story will capture your heart, imagination and have you yearning to keep your little ones little for as long as possible.
Simon Curtis’s Goodbye Christopher Robin depicts the story of author
A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) who created the Winnie The Pooh tales using the stuffed animals of his son, Christopher Robin (who was played exquisitely by Will Tilston) is gut-wrenching, to say the least. In the early 1900’s, living in high society, a nanny is hired and they practically raise your child. The sad case is that all nannies, even Christophers nanny (played by Kelly Macdonald) eventually gather to have a life of their own and, this, right here, is when a Christopher first learns that a loved one can leave, that no matter how much your nanny is loved, wanted and needed they move on. Christopher finds this to be the ultimate betrayal.
Christophers was born as an asset, his mother had Christopher for her husband, and as she so eloquently (I’m being sarcastic) put it, “I had a baby to cheer you up! ” Then Christopher's father took their private moments that brought them closer and exploited Christopher by sharing Winnie The Pooh. We witness the birth of Winnie The Pooh, literally how he came to be. Because of Winnie The Pooh, Christopher instantly becomes a star and is thrust into the spotlight that’s overwhelming, especially for a child. Christophers childhood is turned upside down and from then on was treated as a prop. Christopher teenage years (played by Alex Lawther) he was traumatized by being a celebrity and his classmates' viciousness were relentless. All Christopher ever desired, was to be accepted for who he was, not what Winnie The Pooh had turned him to be.
I highly recommend this movie, when you go to see it I would take your older kids, ages 10 +. You’ll be having a lengthy discussion afterward, there are so many topics that this movie touches, your heart will ache. Its life, not everything in life is unicorns and rainbows but how you react to it will make all the difference in the world. Goodbye Christopher Robin touches on Postpartum Depression (Baby Blues), Post-Traumatic Stress that’s war-related, a marriage in shambles, animosity between parents and a full-time caregiver that falls squarely in the middle of a tug of war that is being played, without the child's consent. Know that going in, this life story, “movie”, will captivate you, no matter how much money you have, if you don’t have the love of your child, you have nothing at all.
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. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?