Goodbye Christopher Robin Reviews
I had heard rumors of the story, but all wrong. Very touching. Very informative.
Great acting by such a young child.
I am sorry now that I didn't see this in a theater during its short runtime as the cinematography was breathtaking showing us the richness of the world that the Milnes lived in during the first half of the 20th century. The directing, writing, editing, sound, & acting were all top notch. Firstly, Domhnall Gleeson is a talent to behold. I never see him as any other character I have seen him portray previously over many years, like I do with some actors. He has the supreme ability to become any character & embody that persona perfectly, like a chameleon. In this case, he shows us the sad tragic figure of the famous author that was never shown in public. Margot Robbie portrayed his wife & Billy Moon's mum exactly the way I imagine she was. Kelly McDonald who I feel is under appreciated by critics portrays Billy Moon's nanny, Olive, (called Nou by Billy), with a simple but strong love for the boy that makes us feel he should have been her son. Alex Lawther did well as the 18+ year old Christopher Robin in the few scenes he had showing a nice range of emotions, & appears to have a nice career ahead of him in acting. & last but definitely not least, Will Tilston played the younger version of Christopher Robin so well, he had me in tears quickly & easily whenever he was sad, upset, or even angry, then smiling when he was happy or excited. That's an actor right there. Hopefully we will see him again soon.
One more thing I would like to add is the beautiful score by Carter Burwell was outstanding with its emotional tracks setting up each scene & driving the movie along at the right pace.
I grew up loving Winnie-the-Pooh and was surprised to learn that it was all based on real characters. And so I was very much looking forward to this film. The period settings, costumes, and gardens are superb, and perfectly capture the era. The film revolves around numerous tensions involving war, family, and success. While I enjoyed learning how the book & characters came to be, it never really reached the emotional heights for me. I also thought that some of the interactions were a little exaggerated and dramatic. But sill it was an enjoyable film to watch, and I will now appreciated my Winnie-the-Pooh books even more.
The message of the movie about enjoying a child's life, allowing a child to be a child, about a parent being present in the child's life not merely surrounding the child with 'stuff' is something most parents could learn today.