Goodbye Christopher Robin

Certificate PG

(2017) 107 mins

Director: Simon Curtis
Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Simon Vaughan
Cinematography: Ben Smithard
Production Design: David Roger
Music: Carter Burwell


A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston, Alex Lawther), 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?  Fox Searchlight Pictures

Despite the PG classification, this is not a children’s film.  Rather in the manner of Saving Mr Banks, it explores some quite dark themes.




You may have formed cosy impressions of this film based on its title and syrupy trailer, a vision involving charming rhymes, familiar teddy bears and a caring nanny. After all, we’ve seen enough of these beloved-author biopics to know the beats of the genre. Yet Goodbye Christopher Robin moves far away from the glossy whimsy of Miss Potter or nostalgia of Finding NeverlandIt reveals that the little family behind Winnie-the-Pooh was badly damaged, and the idyll depicted in those books only a momentary respite from their grief and trauma. Tiddely-pom.  The Telegraph

“Thanks to the contribution of young master Tilston (and indeed Alex Lawther who also makes an impact as the bristling teenage Christopher Robin), this remains a startling and affecting rendering of the incalculable cost of a lost childhood.”  Radio Times


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