Set in post-World War One England, 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' is a stirring biography about Winnie the Pooh creator, A.A. Milne. The film hits cinemas September 29th and it's opening the award season. Here is why the film is already a good contender and the reasons why it will make you cry happy (and sad) tears.
Sometimes you have to go through darkness to find the light. And that’s exactly what happens to Goodbye Christopher Robin’s protagonist, A.A. Milne.
In the run up to the First World War, Milne was a respected editor on the satirical weekly magazine, Punch, contributing humorous essays and poems. In other words, he was full of life – and fun. But The Great War – and its many horrors – changed that and suddenly, as Milne declares in the film, he’d “had enough of making people laugh. I want to make them see…”.
Although he never gave it a name, it’s now widely believed that Milne suffered post-traumatic stress disorder following his WW1 heroics. To its credit, Goodbye Christopher Robin doesn’t shy away from this facet of the writer’s personality, using flashbacks to bring to life his horrendous experiences. It’s important stuff, but it does make for tough viewing in places.
The film never descends into Eeyore-levels of sadness, however, because Milne finds a way to deal with his lingering trauma, as our next – happier – entry explains.
Winnie the Pooh
In addition to exploring Milne’s post-war mindset, 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' also reveals exactly how the loveable teddy bear Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred Acre Friends came to be. And it’s as delightful and wondrous as you might imagine.
We also meet the inspiration for Pooh’s caring human friend, Christopher Robin. This sweet little boy was based on Milne’s own son, C.R. Milne (the C and R standing for Christopher Robin, of course). Known as ‘Billy Moon’ to his mum and dad, it was his birth in 1920 that began his father’s healing process.
We’re not going to expand on this point too much, as we don’t want to ruin the story for you, but let’s just say that fame isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. At the height of Pooh mania, the only children better known than Christopher Robin belonged to the Royal Family. That’s a heavy burden for a little boy to carry into his adult life. Cue sad tears…
Domhnall Gleeson Is Oscar Worthy As A.A. Milne
We know Domhnall Gleeson is versatile, his eclectic CV is testament to that. From Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter series to Caleb in 'Ex Machina' and General Hux in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', the 34-year-old Dubliner certainly proved he is on the right road to success.
But as the tormented, talented A.A. Milne – a conflicted writer desperate to be a good father, but also a former soldier trying to make sense of a nonsensical post-war world – he gives arguably his finest performance to date. In fact, you’ll be desperate to give him a hug afterwards – and awards (all of the awards).
Margot Robbie shows all her talent in a dramatic role
Another in-demand star takes part in this moving story, playing A.A. Milne's wife. Margot Robbie is mostly known for extreme roles such Harley Quinn in 'Suicide Squad' or the party-animal Leonardo Di Caprio's wife in 'The Wolf of Wall Street', and now she's proving her talent with her first big dramatic role. Margot Robbie has firmly established herself as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood in recent years, but this might be the film which will let her shine in a different genre and open the eyes to critics. Her passion and commitment to the role is remarkable, as she confirmed on Instagram "Had the most magical time shooting this . Trust me, you don't want to miss #GoodbyeChristopherRobin."
Will Tilston Will Melt Your Heart
As Christopher Robin, young Will Tilston will blow you away. Not only does this kid have impossibly huge dimples (seriously, they’re the biggest we’ve ever seen), he’s also one heck of an actor.
In his first ever screen role, Tilston manages to play Christopher Robin (aged 8) with just the right mix of cuteness and confusion. Which is sooo important because Goodbye Christopher Robin is – above everything else – the story of a father’s relationship with his son. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, always cherished…
Learn the truth behind the beloved characters in ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’, a touching family drama in cinemas September 29th! Book tickets now!