Goodbye Christopher Robin

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Winnie-the-Pooh and his cuddly chums have delighted millions, but the actual boy who inspired the tale was less than pleased Discuss this article

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Winnie-the-Pooh and his cuddly chums have delighted millions, but the actual boy who inspired the tale was less than pleased.

As we learn in Goodbye Christopher Robin, he was born to a mother who wanted a girl and to a father, First World War vet A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), wracked with what would now be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. Young Christopher (played by Will Tilston, then by Alex Lawther during the teenage years) turns to his nanny (an excellent Kelly Macdonald) for comfort in their remote English country home. Eventually, the boy bonds with his father, who gives him his toy bear, piglet, tiger and the rest. An idea is born, but when Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books become a success, the distance between father and son increases.

It’s a poignant tale, with plenty to say about the parenting traditions of the wealthy, not much of it favourable. And Pooh fans will get an informative nostalgia fix with an emphasis on adorable.

The bottom line
Pretty, but a little flat and not for young kids.

By Anna Smith
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Goodbye Christopher Robin

  • Duration: 107
  • Released: Wed, 10 Jan
  • Director: Simon Curtis
  • Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald

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