“‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), 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?”
I can’t imagine there’s anyone that doesn’t know who Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and the rest of the gang are in this day and age. With numerous books, TV shows, films and even apps featuring Pooh and his friends, you’d have to have spent your life living under a rock to not know them.
Domhnall Gleeson portrays A. A. Milne, who was a writer and served in both World Wars. Milne mostly wrote plays and poems before the arrival of his son, Christopher Robin, but decided to write a children’s book based on the stuffed animals his son loved so much. The film looks set to show us where this inspiration came from, and the phenomenal reaction that followed the release of the first Winnie the Pooh book, and how that affected the Milne family.
With both Gleeson and Margot side by side, I’m anticipating a fantastic and touching take on this origin story.
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ releases in UK cinemas 29th September.