I received compensation in exchange for my honest review. As always, thoughts and opinions are all my own.
I do believe I’d be hard-pressed to find a person who hasn’t hear of Winnie Pooh. For many of us, Pooh Bear and his friends were a regular in our homes. For lots of us, he still is! The thing that many of us don’t know much about, however, is the amazing story that proceeded this household character. Goodbye Christopher Robin by Fox Searchlight Entertainment is the remarkable tale of the real-life family that brought the adorable character to life!
Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review
First off, no review of the movie Goodbye Christopher Robin would be done justice if it didn’t highlight the amazing illustration you’ll see in this movie. It’s a glimpse into the past, with all of the modern day vibrant colors and visual effects that bring a movie on the big screen to life. My family and I had the opportunity to attend the screening of Goodbye Christopher Robin here in the Kansas City area, and received so much more than just a background story of how the movie was created.
Domhnall Gleeson plays A.A. Milne (the father of the real Christopher Robin), and gives such a real and raw glimpse of what life was like as a veteran who must adjust to life back home after witnessing the horrors of war. As a viewer, you feel the authenticity and pain that occurs as he struggles to manage being a husband, a first-time father, and carrying the burden of PTSD all at the same time.
I watched as my 8 year olds eyes shown with compassion and empathy at the realization that sometimes even parents can hurt, feel scared, and be unsure of themselves due to the battles, both literal and figurative, that they themselves have faced. On the other hand, my heart surged with so much emotion as I witnessed a young boy whose only wish was to be closer to his father and build the relationship with him that he longed for.
I feel as if the writer Frank-Cottrell Boyce and the director Simon Curtis did an amazing job of carefully balancing how amazingly creative and talented both A.A. Milne and Christopher Robin are, without shying away from the truth of the immense pain they endured because of the unexpected popularity and fame that publishing Winnie the Pooh brought to them.
This story is so important, and needed to be told. Winnie the Pooh has always been a great “feel good” story that brings us all joy. What gets forgotten in this, is that the real Christopher Robin, A.A. Milne, and their entire family including the beloved Nanny (played by Kelly Macdonald) sacrificed a piece of themselves that was so personal and sacred for us to enjoy it as we do today.
If you love a suspenseful drama that takes you on an anticipatory emotional roller coaster, while educating you on a period when so much of what we take for granted today just didn’t exist… you will absolutely love this film! If you’re into fashion… prepare yourself to gush over the stylish antics of Daphne (played by Margot Robbie).
Goodbye Christopher Robin is currently showing at select theaters across the U.S. Visit Foxsearchlight to locate a show near you!
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