‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review

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Goodbye Christopher Robin is a semi-biographical British family drama film starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, and Kelly Macdonald. The film follows noted English author and playwright A. A. Milne and his creation of, Winnie-the-Pooh, after his experiences in World War I. Milne, finds inspiration for his Winnie-the-Pooh tales through his interactions with his young son Christopher Robin Milne after his family moved from the West End of London to their new country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex. Before watching this film I assumed Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and the rest of the characters from the 100 Acre Wood were creations of the Walt Disney Company. I also believed that the characters were real and not imaginary, which I’m still not sure is the case in Disney’s adaptation. Needless to say, I learned a lot from watching this film. The film itself is stunning and remarkable from end to end. The costume design and set pieces are brilliantly done. It was almost as if I was gazing into a portal of the past while watching the film. The cast is great and brought so much love and drama into these real-life characters. Domhnall Gleeson does well as A. A. Milne. Affectionately called Blue by his family in the film, Gleeson portrays the WWI veteran and author as tired and longing for a sense of purpose. He has seen the horrors of war and never wants him, his family, or the world to experience it again. It is great to see Gleeson portray a father because I have never seen him in this role before. His character growth is great. In the beginning, he is not sure what being a father is and then he grows to care for his son deeply during their time together. It is also enjoyable to hear Gleeson speak in his natural accent as a proper British gentleman. Margot Robbie also turns in a good performance as Daphne de Sélincourt. While Robbie doesn’t have as much screen time as Gleeson she makes her time count. Daphne is the kind of character that you love and hate at the same time. While she genuinely cares for her husband, she rude to both him and the maid, Olive. She is very old fashioned and expects to live the lifestyle she is accustomed to. If things don’t go her way she makes it known how unhappy she is. This is a different role for Robbie to take. Normally, she plays an American character, so it is nice to see the Aussie actress take on something different. She is believable in the part almost to the point that I thought I was watching a documentary. Will Tilston plays a young Christopher Robin Milne, affectionately called Billy Moon by his family. He does a fine job capturing the innocence of a child growing up with that kind of fame. He does a great job making the audience care and become attached to him. Alex Lawther comes in late during the film as an older Christopher Robin, but packs in some great lines of his own. The standout of the film is definitely Kelly Macdonald as Olive “Nou” Rand. You love to love her and grow attached to her as you watch her raise Billy. She is like a second mom to the boy and does everything to make sure his childhood is filled with as much happiness as possible. I can see Kelly Macdonald getting a few Best Supporting Actress nods for her role in this film. I give Goodbye Christopher Robin an Excellent 10/10. Overall the film is sweet, charming, and fun to watch. It provides a lot of information into the lives of the Milne family during the creation of the world’s most favorite bear.

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