Goodbye Christopher Robin
Review by Myla Tosatto
I don’t mean to brag, but I was smart enough to grab a napkin when I got my Milk Duds at the concession stand. Not because I thought I would make a mess with my movie snack, but because I suspected some tears might wreck my make up while watching Goodbye Christopher Robin. I would like to think I am that smart and intuitive because I grew up reading A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh (Pooh made me the girl I am today). Reading books is the cornerstone of a good education, folks! Long story short, I used the napkin to wipe away tears and not sticky globs of chocolate caramel. So, the book reading paid off! Grab a napkin (or a Kleenex if you are more civilized) and settle in for the delightfully charming Goodbye Christopher Robin starring Domhnall Gleeson as Alan Milne, Margot Robbie as Daphne Milne, Will Tilston as Christopher Robin, and Kelly Macdonald as Olive. This post is sponsored but all opinions are our own. This post might also contain links that earn us a small commission if you end up making a purchase.
Gather your good friends, Tigger, Piglet, and Eyeore and head to the local art movie house to watch this PG gem. Maybe go for a tea date beforehand to set the mood? There isn’t anything objectionable in it that would make you unable to bring kids. Will they want to see it? If they are fans of what happened in the Hundred Acre Wood they might or if they enjoy watching other kids in movies, otherwise it might not catch their attention. It’s a moody period piece. However, there is just enough spark from the father and son duo to keep it lively.
Since this movie is based on actual lives and not 100% factual, I always suggest you read source material before going in. Both A.A. Milne and Christopher Robin Milne have autobiographical books about the subject that make for interesting reading. Of course, if you haven’t read the classic Winnie-the-Pooh books, get on it! I’ll wait here for you!
Commentary by Enza:
As a blogger, I find myself always snapping pictures of my family, asking them to wait to eat so I can take a picture, and sometimes forgetting to seize the moment. The stories about Christopher Robin had to stop when he realized they were affecting his family. Sometimes I find myself having to stop taking notes for a minute, stop asking my kids to pose for pictures, and just enjoy the moment. I noticed that it is much more difficult to get my kids to smile for pictures because I think they get tired of me taking them all of the time. I am aware of keeping their stories and embarrassing moments to myself without posting them on social. I can think of a few times my kids did the craziest thing, but I don’t want to embarrass them so I have to keep it to myself. Our relationships, are more important than social media engagement. Do you every have a time you regret posting stuff on social media?
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“Goodbye Christopher Robin” gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
RATING: PG – thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language