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Goodbye Christopher Robin

  • Drama
  • Family
  • 2017
  • Simon Curtis
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

Biographical drama starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie. Shellshocked from his war service, writer AA Milne moves his family to the woods in Sussex. There, he bonds with his son, Christopher Robin, and creates the children's stories that will make his son a reluctant star.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Alan MilneDomhnall Gleeson
Daphne MilneMargot Robbie
OliveKelly Macdonald
Christopher Robin Milne, aged 8Will Tilston
Christopher Robin Milne, aged 18Alex Lawther
ErnestStephen Campbell Moore
BettyVicki Pepperdine
RupertRichard McCabe
Lady OGeraldine Somerville
Mary BrownPhoebe Waller-Bridge
CooperNico Mirallegro
Zoo directorSimon Williams
AlfredShaun Dingwall

Crew

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DirectorSimon Curtis

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2017-09-29
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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