In 1926 the world still was struggling to recoup from World War 1 and desperately needed a ray of hope. One such ray came from the imagination of A.A. Milne and in some ways from his young son, Christopher Robin. The ray of hope and source of joy was called Winnie the Pooh and on October 13th, we will be granted a window into the mind of an author fighting to find his voice and the origin story of everyone’s favorite honey eating bear and his group of friends who live in the Hundred Acre Woods when “Goodbye Christopher Robin” hits American theaters. A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson, “Mother!“, “American Made“) came back from the war a changed man, plagued with visions that he had seen while there (today it would have been called PTSD) and although he had success as a playwright he still yearned to do something more meaningful. Milne decides he would like to tackle this new project and moves Daphne (Morgot Robbie, “Suicide Squad“, “The Legend of Tarzan“) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston [young CR]/ Alex Lawther [adult CR}) to the country hoping that the time away from the city will clear the path for the writing muse to bestow her blessings on him. This blessing comes in the form of his young son’s stuffed animals and a story of friendship and childhood imagination. Winnie the Pooh finished becomes a bestseller and the family is thrust into the spotlight, none of them so much as the young boy Christopher Robin. The family struggles with this new-found stardom and what it does to the family.
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” looks like a good-hearted film that touches on some very hard topics, the price of fame and the price of war. With beautiful sets and a lush countryside to help us envision how the imagination of an early twentieth century writer created an immortal character that is still beloved by millions of children today, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” should stir the emotions and maybe even create a forum to discuss those very same prices of war and fame I mentioned in the lead. Director Simon Curtis and the writers Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan look to have transported us back in time with a well composed piece of art. With “Goodbye Christopher Robin’s” amazing cast (I think Will Tilston, the young Christopher Robin may steal the show.) and a poignant story this period piece can’t possibly disappoint the movie goers that find their ways to theaters this coming weekend. I know I will be skipping down the path and over the bridge into the Hundred Acre Woods to find my front row seat to the origin story of the bear who chases after honey and the relationships of the family behind the worldwide phenomenon when “Goodbye Christopher Robin” comes to theaters this weekend.