It seems like only yesterday that my days were filled with stories of a bear that loved honey and his adventures with his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood. Those memories are not just mine though as they are memories of so many children, including my own. My daughter loved the stories of Winnie the Pooh and as a child would carry him around with her seeking little adventures of their own. I would never have thought to take those adventures and create a story, a story that would live forever.
A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) was a writer before The Great War took place. After the war he returned home a little disillusioned and found it difficult to write about happiness after the things he saw. His wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) tried to help him find his light again by starting a family and having a little boy. Once he is born they named the boy Christopher Robin (Will Tilston/Alex Lawther) and moved away from London to live in a quite place so that Milne could write. Things though don’t go as planned as Milne is having difficulty getting over the war, causing Daphne to leave and only vowing to return when he is writing again. That leaves Milne alone with Christopher and the nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald) as he tries to find his way back to his stories. It is when Olive has to leave that Milne finds his next great story. He finds it while playing in the woods with Christopher Robin as they create a world together and giving Milne the idea for one of the greatest stories of all time. While those stories filled the world with happiness, it changed the world of Christopher Robin for the worst, as the fame made it difficult to be the child the stories captured so well.
Writing these stories became a difficult thing for A.A.Milne. On one hand he gave the world long lasting characters but in doing so he also robbed his son of his childhood. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” goes at a steady pace, which fits the time and location of the story. Gleeson who always seems to shine in the roles he chooses does so again as Milne by giving him layers that as they are peeled away releases the magic. While Gleeson and Robbie shine as always, it’s the story that is the star here and Will Tilston’s turn as Christopher Robin as well. Tilston is too charming for words and leaves you wanting to take him home with you. Unlocking the story behind our most popular stories has been and always will be an idea worth following. For me though and I assume so many others the story of Winnie the Pooh is so dear to us and the story behind it won’t let you down. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” brings back memories of childhood and those feelings as well, and when it is all done you will be saying here’s to you Christopher Robin.