Goodbye Christopher Robin

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Simon Curtis (2017)

102min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The magical world of AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories continues to enchant generations of young readers, yet this biographical drama suggests a rather darker family history lurks behind the bedtime favourite. In Domhnall Gleeson's straight-backed portrayal, Milne is shown as a somewhat distant father, who faced writer's block when attempting to turn his First World War combat experiences into great literature, found great commercial success when he turned instead to children's fiction, then punishingly exploited his own son Christopher Robin to build the brand worldwide. With his brittle spouse Daphne (Margot Robbie) far from the maternal type, the couple's lack of empathy for their unhappy boy is hard to process, so Simon Curtis's film has Kelly Macdonald's kindly nanny on hand to add warmth and common sense. It's a film perhaps lacking a central focus, but dimple-cheeked Will Tilston's touching contribution as young master Christopher helps make the true story behind a beloved classic both startling and affecting.

Summary

Biopic of children's author AA Milne, focusing on how his relationship with his son influenced the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories. The books prove immensely popular in a nation recovering from the trauma of the First World War, but bring the youngster who inspired them uncomfortably into the public eye. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald.

Cast & Crew

Alan Milne Domhnall Gleeson
Daphne Milne Margot Robbie
Olive Kelly Macdonald
Christopher Robin Milne, aged 8 Will Tilston
Christopher Robin Milne, aged 18 Alex Lawther
Ernest Stephen Campbell Moore
Betty Vicki Pepperdine
Rupert Richard McCabe
Lady O Geraldine Somerville
Mary Brown Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Cooper Nico Mirallegro
Zoo director Simon Williams
Alfred Shaun Dingwall
Director Simon Curtis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Sep 2017
Drama