Goodbye Christopher Robin

The story behind AA Milne Winnie the Pooh. Starring Domhnall Gleeson as AA Milne, Margot Robbie as Daphne, Kelly Macdonald as Olive with Will Tilston (child) and Alex Lawther (adult) as Christopher Robin (AKA Billy Moon).

AA Milne is a writer who after returning from fighting in France during the First World War struggles to readjust and to continue his writing and wants to do a book about ending war altogether. His wife Daphne is a socialite and is against the idea of the book and after falling pregnant and having Christopher Robin who they call in private Billy Moon (or just Billy) hire a nanny (Olive) to look after him whilst his parents attend parties and openings but Milne is still struggling with adjusting and they move out of London to East Sussex with Olive. Whilst in East Sussex Daphne starts getting bored and returns to London to look at some wallpaper and Olive and Billy go with her and visit London Zoo, Christopher takes a Teddy Bear with him who is called Edward or Teddy for short and when at the zoo visit a real bear call Winnie after the place he’s from (Winnipeg), Olive and Billy return back to East Sussex whilst Daphne stays in London, after they’ve returned Olive has to go and see her Mum who is ill leaving Milne to look after Billy, at first they do some woodwork before starting going for walks in the Forest and Milne telling Billy some stories that involves Billy’s toys, during these walks the stories become bigger and Milne starts writing these down and Billy asks him to write him a story, the story at first becomes a poem that Milne sends to his wife before coming bigger with Milne’s friend Ernest doing sketches to help tell the story with Billy’s teddy being called Winnie and the boy being called Christopher Robin which Billy dislikes as people will think he’s not real if in a book like his toys Winnie, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. Daphne forward the poem on to Vanity Fair and it got published and was a big hit and meant Milne’s publisher wanted more and pushed to get the Winnie the Pooh stories published on the basis that if the poem was a hit the story would be too. The story and Winnie The Pooh took off and it thrusted Billy into the spot light as Christopher Robin and over time of being in the spotlight he began to resent it and after Olive had a run in with Daphne over Olive male friend she left and left Billy on his own with his parents, it was only when Milne went with Billy to another public appearance at London Zoo to have a photo taken with the real Winnie that Milne realised what he was doing with his son and said he would  not write and more about him and his toys and will stop the Public Appearances and they sent Billy to Boarding School in hope to get him away from all the publicity but the films suggests he was bullied through much of it and blamed his father for this. At the end of school he failed a medical to get into the Army but asked his father to ask that he can join and he is allowed to join which upsets his mother and she doesn’t come to see him off. Daphne and Milne receive a telegram stating that he is missing presumed dead but a few weeks later he arrives home and later go to the woods with his father and they start bonding again and his father apologises about the story and about his childhood. This is where the film finishes.

I enjoyed the film and really liked the tale behind the stories and behind Winnie The Pooh and feel sorry for the real Christopher Robin who had this childhood in real life even though it is only 90 years ago it seems like Winnie the Pooh has been around for centuries and the life he lived and the life Daphne lived just seemed so ancient and is hard to remember that this was life between the wars (or so I’m led to believe), but it is so believable that something like Winnie the Pooh can make the country happy again and to banish the blues after the war and the recovery of the nation that lost some many people.

Though this film has not a lot of action (a couple of war flashbacks) it is a true story and gives a real insight so I think very enjoyable, if you want fast cars and fast action this is not for you but if you want a Sunday Movie and a good story this is for you. My rating for this is 8/10

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