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Movie Review | Goodbye Christopher Robin [2017]

Goodbye Christopher Robin is a poignant drama based on the memoirs of A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin. It is the story behind the beloved story of Winnie the Pooh, but it is a story that is more than a story. It is about war and wonder and childhood and learning to see. It is about figuring out a post-war world from the 100 Acre Wood. It is about the innocence of childhood and its rightful place.

Christopher Robin's words are significant: 'I want to be anonymous, like a real person.' The story gives us a glimpse behind the scenes into the dysfunctional family life of the Milnes, highlighting A.A. Milne's (Blue's) relationship with his son, Christopher Robin (Billy Moon), and his socialite wife, Daphne. But it is the relationship with his son as well as the nanny's input into Christopher's life that offer up the tender moments.

The plot tends to be a bit disjointed and fragmented and although serious themes are touched on, they are not all fully developed. But overall, an engaging story into the reality of Christopher Robin's boyhood and for those who love the Winnie the Pooh classics, Goodbye Christopher Robin will be bittersweet.

'My childhood was wonderful, it is the growing up that was hard.' [Christopher Robin]



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