Goodbye Christopher Robin

Shellshocked, author Alan A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) returns home to his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) after World War I; upon the birth of their son, Christopher Robin (Will Tilston, Alex Lawther), Milne would focus his talents towards the creation of the beloved stories of Winnie the Pooh, a well intended outlet with unexpected consequences. In the wings, nanny Olive (Kelly MacDonald) looks on with regret as the child she helped raise slowly loses his place in world. With a new terror rising in Germany the inner workings of the Milne family are up for examination. Directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughn this biopic look at the Milne family continues the recent trend of panning for gold from compelling but less identified figures in history coming up with a sizable nugget. Showcasing the strengths of the ensemble there doesn’t appear to be a note out of tune, although, a truncated act three does seem to condense a large portion of history; none the less, rolling in just under two hours of runtime Christopher Robin doesn’t overstay his welcome and accomplishes what’s necessary, the telling of an interesting story in a reasonably straightforward yet interesting way. Matinee worthy, Goodbye Christopher Robin is rated PG.