Goodbye Christopher Robin DVD Reviewed By Clayton Barnett

The Premise
A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Robbie), and his nanny Olive, 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?

The Review
Perhaps the most popular bear on the planet, Winne the Pooh’s creation comes to life in this moving biopic of A. A. Milne and the real-life Christopher Robin.

Pooh has been loved by generations since his introduction way back in 1926, and having a set of the books as a kid I was curious about the honey-loving bear’s creation.

Don’t forget the tissues though - director Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce (The Railway Man) pull some emotional punches in this gorgeous period biopic. You’d have thought basing a book on your son would be a smashing idea, but Pooh’s popularity curses Christopher Robin’s life forever.

Dimpled debutant Will Tilston will melt your heart playing the young Christopher, who does a great job with some pretty heavy material. If you’re a Black Mirror fan you’ll recognised the 18-year-old version played by Alex Lawther. The scenes between himself and Domhnall Gleeson are tearjerkers of the highest quality.

Gleeson (Ex Machina) is one of my consistently favourite actors, and finely walks the line of the stiff-upper-lipped Brit, a survivor of the horrors of the First World War and a loving dad.

Margot Robbie’s character is a little one-dimensional, but it doesn’t matter as the brilliant Kelly McDonald (Trainspotting) steals the day as Robin’s nanny. The love between Olive and Robin is heartwarming stuff.

While the movie does have flaws – the tense war scenes jar with the ‘family-movie’ feel, and the hand drawn – to real life animated transitions are a bit dated, it’s still a fascinating and moving look at the story behind the children’s classic.

The Verdict
If you enjoy writer biopics like Finding Neverland you’ll love this moving and well-acted look behind the pages of Pooh.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 21st February 2018
Rating: PG – Contains Low level violence
Duration: 107 minutes 
Genre:  Drama, True Story
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald
Director: Simon Curtis (Woman In Gold, My Week With Marilyn)

The Extras
The film is being released in 2017 which marks the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures' 22nd animated film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977).

Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson's second film together. They previously appeared in the Richard Curtis film About Time (2013).

The film was shot on location in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex, and London.

Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Macdonald's third film together. They previously appeared in Anna Karenina (2012) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).

A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh and C.R. Milne (Christopher Robin), lived in the English county of East Sussex on Cotchford Farm where he was inspired to create and write the Winnie the Pooh stories. This was also the last home of the Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones and where Jones drowned in his swimming pool on July 3rd, 1969 at the eerie age of 27 - the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and many more famous people.

The film is fairly accurate in the relationship between Christopher Robin Milne and his parents. However although the film depicts that the older Christopher Robin finally forgave his father for (perhaps inadvertently) exploiting him to sell the book, in reality C R never actually forgave him the way depicted in the film, instead learning to accept what had happened and to live with it up right until he died in 1996. However, his frosty relationship with his father was at least better than the one he had with his mother, not just because of the way he felt exploited as a child but also because she disapproved of the woman CR would eventually marry. After AA Milne died in 1956 he had almost no contact with his mother right up until her own death 15 years later. CR did have one daughter, Claire, from this marriage. Claire was born with Cerebral Palsy and unfortunately died in 2012 aged just 56.