A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive, 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?Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Domhnall Gleeson plays A.A. Milne in this film, while in Disney's Christopher Robin (2018), the adult Christopher Robin is played by Ewan McGregor. Gleeson and McGregor have both appeared in the Star Wars series. Gleeson plays General Hux in the sequel trilogy, while McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels. See more »
At the end of the movie, screen text says that A.A. Milne wrote the anti-war book Peace with Honour (1934), leaving the misleading impression that Milne was and remained strongly opposed to war. The movie glaringly omits the fact that he also wrote War with Honour (1940), which was largely a retraction of Peace with Honour. (Feel free to move to "Trivia" if more appropriate.) See more »
Christopher Robin Aged 8:
[pounds his fists onto the table]
I hate her! Sack her and tell her never to come back!
You ought not to hold your knife and fork like that.
Christopher Robin Aged 8:
Why shouldn't I?
Because, if someone were to fall through the ceiling, they'd come down right there and be impaled on your fork, and then they would bleed out all over your eggs and ruin your breakfast.
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I watched this wondering if it was going to be a dull, forgettable period piece or a tedious biopic and was very surprised just how good it actually was.
This is a really solid film with good performances and nicely directed. The plot concerns the true story of the life of the young Christopher Robin and the changing relationship he has with his parents in the 1920s.
It blends the mental trauma his father has been living with since his WW1 experience, and Christopher Robin's own traumatic childhood, both of witnessing his own parent's fractious relationship and then the deep unhappiness of having his life turned upside down when his fathers book, Winnie the Pooh, becomes an enormous and unexpected worldwide hit and inadvertently makes a celebrity of Christopher Robin.
This is a film primarily about family relationships and it is extremely well written too. Will Tilston, who plays Christopher Robin at 8 years old, puts in an exceptionally competent and sweet performance that makes you genuinely feel for the character.He finds the only person who actually understands and shares his anguish is his nanny, Olive (Kelly MacDonald). Olive too notices how unhappy Christopher Robin becomes but her pleas fall on deaf ears.
The only real flaw in any of the characterizations is Margot Robbie's turn as Daphne, Christopher Robin's mother. Whilst Domnhall Gleeson's AA Milne at least has some back story to explain why his mentally tortured writer is struggling to shake off his demons and thus oblivious to his son's reluctant celebrity status, Daphne comes across as somebody who is a bit cold and shallow and has no problems with watching her son get exploited to make the book a success. This may of course be what she was really like but the film doesn't dig very deep into her character. However this is a minor quibble in an otherwise well made film.
There are moments of humour in the script and no bad language so I expect this film will appeal to older audiences as well as families. The film is also just about the right length too if you like a good old fashioned biopic/drama. There is also a moral at the heart of this tale about the need to let children have a normal childhood, which is very much applicable even now.
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