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Looking for a new film to see that doesn’t include cartoon characters? Even though you may quickly pass over this name for its’ Winnie-the-Pooh connection, the untold story behind the books as played out in Goodbye Christopher Robin is enthralling. Read on to see why we think this film should be added to everyones plans for the weekend.
Goodbye Christopher Robin | Inspired by the True Story
Do you ever think about where story ideas originate? What is the story BEHIND the story?
Being in the role that I am in, as a lifestyle blogger and YouTuber, I think it’s pretty understood that real life often plays a big role in what I have to say in my writing. However, would you also think that to be true of a classic children’s book? That the stories in them could also be based on real-life events?
I don’t think I ever considered it. Although, this is what we are coming to find out about the 1920’s smash hit book, Winnie-the-Pooh.
In Fox Searchlight’s latest film, Goodbye Christoper Robin, we get a peek into the world behind the 100-acre woods and it’s nothing as I’d expect. It is a dark reality full of trauma, resentment, fear, and selfishness. However, to the world, the stories produced from it brought instant joy in a time when it was needed the most.
All of this begs to answer the question: was sharing these stories the right thing to do?
Before I get ahead of myself, let’s take a quick look at the movie trailer so you can get a better idea of the films’ base.
Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Trailer
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?
A Hard Lesson to Learn
I think that as parent’s, we are all simply trying to do our best. And it is common to want to share things that are meaningful to us with others – which may be photos or videos of our families on social media or updates about what is going in our lives. It’s normal to want to focus on the good times and try to block out or forget the bad.
I believe that in this film, the father only wanted to make people smile in the same way that these good times with his son had made him smile. Because of this, he was taking the adventures they were having together and sharing them in his books as the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends.
The problem in this was when people found out that Christopher Robin was “real” and stardom hit, he didn’t know where to draw the line. He didn’t realize the effects he was having on his son by sharing publicly all of the moments they were having together – even the ones that were meant for just the two of them.
For example, during one scene in the movie we see a beautiful moment between father and son, only the find out that the moment was being recorded for public enjoyment without the sons’ knowledge. Ouch, right?
This movie definitely is an eye-opener about remembering to enjoy the special moments in our lives for what they are: special. Maybe also a reminder to cherish these moments ourselves as they’re happening instead of grabbing our phone to capture it for the enjoyment of others?
Although, if we think about it, what if he HAD kept all of these moments to himself? What would the world be like without Winnie-the-Pooh?
What We Loved
Goodbye Christopher Robin certainly has a lot to adore! For starters, it’s set in a vintage era and the wardrobe is spectacular!
Second, this film is perfectly edited and flowed nicely through the scenes. I don’t recall very many moments when my attention would drift from the film. And for any seconds that it did, the film was sure to throw in a flashback of war to keep me on my toes.
Is This Film Appropriate For Kids?
This is always the most common question asked and for this film, I’d say probably not. There are quite a few scenes that deal with heavy issues such as PTSD, war, and moments that flat out left me a blubbering/sobbing mess!
Is it a good film for more mature audiences? Yes, absolutely! So for this film, I’d say grab your significant other, bestie, or just simply go by yourself. No matter who you take – just see it!
You’ll never look at Winnie-the-Pooh the same way again. . .
In Theatres Now | Select Cities
Goodbye Christopher Robin is now showing in select theatres. Is your local theatre on this list? Find out here.
Have you seen Goodbye Christopher Robin? I’d love to hear your thoughts as well! Let’s chat in the comments or tweet a reaction to me @raisingdickjane #GoodbyeChristopherRobin.