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Goodbye, Christopher Robin Review

*I was given two tickets to see this movie in exchange for the post*

Most of us grew up with Winnie the Pooh. I was never a huge fan of Pooh, as there was Ariel to be in love with, but I have seen all the movies. I never really thought about the boy behind the stories of Christopher Robin, Pooh, and all his companions.

Will Tilston in the film GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Photo by David Appleby. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Goodbye, Christopher Robin reminded me a lot of the Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks. But where Saving Mr. Banks was about Disney buying the rights to Mary Poppins, GCR is about the childhood of Billy Milne. 

Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston and Margot Robbie in the film GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Photo by David Appleby. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Poor Billy had kind of a terrible childhood. His mother didn’t really understand how to mother, his father was the typical detached father of the early 1920s. He loved his nanny dearly, who raised the boy but was treated as just the help by his parents. It wasn’t until his nanny had to leave that his father really noticed he had a son, because he had no other choice but to take care of his child. 

Kelly Macdonald and Will Tilston in the film GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Photo by David Appleby. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

As he finally became a parent to his child, the adventures of Billy Milne and Winnie the bear began. They explored, played, and imagined all around the woods of their home. As a writer, his father wanted to capture the joy of these adventures by writing them all down – into the stories of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. 

The more famous the stories became, the less time Billy had to be a child. Kids and adults wanted to meet him and play with his Winnie. Billy just wanted to spend time with his father in the woods. At what point does fame become too much for just a little boy?

Margot Robbie, Will Tilston, Domhnall Gleeson and Richard Clifford in the film GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Photo by David Appleby. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Overall, I give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars. There were definitely parts of the movie that seemed really slow and the ending took forever. But, the acting was fabulous and the story itself was magical. Don’t take your kids to see this movie – they won’t get it. But take your significant other, your parent, your grandparents – and a box of tissues.

Domhnall Gleeson and Will Tilston in the film GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Photo by David Appleby. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

 

 

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