The film is directed by Simon Curtis (57), written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (58), the cinematography is by Ben Smithard and the music is by Carter Burwell (62). It's of a high professional standard in every aspect of production.
Domhnall Gleeson plays A.A. Milne, Margot Robbie takes the part of Milne's wife, Daphne de Selincourt, Kelly Macdonald is Christopher Robin's nanny. Alex Lawther plays the older Christopher Robin Milne. Wil Tilson as the younger Christopher Robin Milne is very cute, and adds greatly to the film. This is a well-cast ensemble, and the acting is of a high standard.
Having said all that, why did this film leave me feeling depressed? The world of Winnie the Pooh is magical, and has brought fun to so many children, but Goodbye Christopher Robin is neither of these things. It feels like a documentary, and tells the tragic story of a family adversely affected by the success of the books.
|Alpha Farnell teddy bear|
In the film, Christopher Robin's birth takes place to Daphne Milne's screams. All my women friends questioned the scene. So much for natural childbirth; the Daphne Milne in the film is a natural drama queen! She is bitterly disappointed that the baby is a boy, as he will grow up and go off to war as did his father. The baby is handed over to his loving Scottish nanny, who brings him up in a well-planned routine. Meanwhile Daphne enjoys a lively social life in London with Alan Alexander. In the film, she seems like the classic narcissist. Both parents are totally unappealing.
|A.A.Milne with Christopher Robin|
What unattractive, negative, self-centred people! Why would anyone think an audience might be interested in such people? There is not one thing that is uplifting or motivational in this film. Anyone who has memories of pleasure reading the Christopher stories, would probably be better not to see this movie.
If you like being reminded of the horrors of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder this is the film for you. If you want to have the tired arguments against war presented yet again, you will like this film. If you don't mind seeing all the stereotypical images and characters of the early 1900s yet again, and won't find them too stale, you might even enjoy this movie. If you enjoy having your emotions manipulated, your in luck.
From what I gather, it isn't doing too well at the box office.