Goodbye Christopher Robin Reviews
It is an interesting story, telling the origins of Winnie the Pooh, but it isn't a soft, cuddly, kid friendly movie. Instead, it turns out that it is pretty dark with a bunch of pretty dysfunctional family relationships.
Overall a fine, but not great movie. It was interesting to watch, but not terribly memorable.
After the first world war, Alan (a survivor of the war) moves to a house in the woods to regain peace with his family. Suffering from post-traumatic stress and sudden outbursts, it's tough for his wife Daphne and his son Christopher to be around him at times. After using some time to calm down, a few strolls in the woods with his son would eventually blossom into the invention of Winnie the Pooh and each of the secondary characters from the story as well. We see movies and television shows all the time, but what people hardly ever do is look further into how that specific story came to be.
In the hardships of the war, the character of Winnie the Pooh, along with each story that was showcased throughout each episode made quite the impact on the war heroes of that time period. It brought happiness in times that demanded it, but all people know of the character today is that a group of animals entertain kids through a television. Sure, it does the same job as it did back then, but the making of these characters meant so much more in the past and I think more people need to witness this well-made picture.
Domhnall Gleeson leads this film as Alan, but Margot Robbie and newcomer Will Tilston are just as relevant to the story, with Tilston being the most notable of them all. I've always been a fan of Gleeson on-screen, but his interaction with young Tilston truly made this film loveable from start to finish. Yes, there are some powerful moments of drama here and not everything about this story was all sunshine and rainbows, but the conclusion of this movie is sure to put a smile on your face. Although subtle, I think one of the main factors in what made this film so good was its visual storytelling.
Yes, the ways that this father and son came up with certain characters' names or how a specific plot was developed was nice and felt a little nostalgic, especially to someone who watched these episodes as a kid, but the way scenery would change in order to incorporate moods or how the weather would change around them to show what they're imagining instead of just showing a dream sequence was fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed nearly every aspect of this movie.
At the very least, I can see people being pleasantly surprised at how much went on during the development of Winnie the Pooh. It just seems like a silly kid's show, but the family behind the story kind of blew me away. In terms of its screenplay, it felt a little formulaic, but I honestly don't have many more complaints other than that. The cinematography, direction, and performances all stood out to me in a positive way and I found myself in tears by the time the credits began to roll. This is an extremely well-made, heartfelt story worth experiencing.
Allen Blue comes home from the war to end all wars and doesn't want another one to happen any time soon but his wife urges him to see that war is a fact of life and its unpreventable, so he decides to write another book to give that happiness people have forgotten about and desperately need
after his wife gives birth to Christopher Robin he gets inspired to write about animal toys that come to life and play with his son
after it's a hit though the boy doesn't want any of the fame, money or recognition for such a beloved character, he only wants his own name and have his childhood with his father
yet Blue still suffers the effects of surviving in the trenches and it does have an effect on the child
the real-life story truly has a more dark nature to its humble beginnings and it wasn't made up happy-go-lucky
even Robin's maid had a big influence on him growing up
every kid deserves to grow up happy no matter how successful the creation of a story gets or how vast the attention is given from the rest of the world
wars come and go, we have our own names to have, and even a character like a bear made up can have a huge effect for both the parents and kids innocence
a children's book should matter more to the child first, the notoriety should come later
The period is done so perfectly, richly, you'll be drawn into the picture. I grew up with a Brit mum and she read Winnie the Pooh to me. Oh how much I wanted to be a part of their lives, but I wasn't. They are typically British and I felt I was watching like an audience member.
Perhaps that's a good thing. We should feel the distance they felt and not get all touchy touchy (ever since Princess Diana's death, a thing of the past).
A really lovely film. Interesting, sad, happy and downright necessary - you'll go through all the emotions. I found myself with clenched fists and saying the requisite 'no no no' at the end but it is necessary in order to know these people. The director is right.
Life is not perfect. Deal with it and us. I came away with that.