Goodbye Christopher Robin

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, 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?

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

This movie took me forever to watch because although the scenery was beautiful and the storyline was promising, it dragged on and on before it ever really got to the point of the story; Winnie The Pooh. The little boy who played Christopher was cute and a good actor but I was hoping that this movie would have been more lighthearted. It was interesting to learn the history of the book, but mostly this movie seemed to focus on Mr. Milane's memories of being in the war. It was overall disappointing to me since I it looked so promising in the previews.

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akirakato
May 15, 2019

Directed by Simon Curtis in 2017 based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, this British docudrama depicts the lives of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A. A. Milne and his family, especially his son Christopher Robin.
The film shows that a phenomenal professional success can also become the most catastrophic personal failure.
Beautifully filmed with twists, it appears charming, suspenseful and thought-provoking!

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mr_chocolate
May 08, 2019

My partner and I really liked this film and learned a lot about the creation of Winnie-the-pooh children's story, written by A.A. Milne, for and about his son.
Unfortunately for the real Christopher Robin, he was a child left largely to be raised by a nanny, and exploited by the parents, once the story became popular.
The real Christopher Robin was tormented at boarding school and although failed a military physical, asked his famous father to make it so he could enlist into the British army for WWI, as he wanted to be a 'normal' person.
The film does follow up with on screen post film biographical information, which was informative and nice to see on a true story.

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dylankemp
May 05, 2019

Very good. Top class acting and well made.
A sad story. In part a war story.
I won't let it ruin the Pooh books for me, but it does put a sad background behind some happy tales.

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amanoletters99
Mar 27, 2019

Yet again, another film about a well known author that doesn't reflect much on their writing process. This picture is more about the family dynamic and a sad one at that. Mille's wife seemed to be quite the self-centered pill. A loss for both Mille and Christopher, sad but true.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

This film dramatized the creation of 1926/1928 "Winnie the Pooh" by Alan Alexander Milne, as the 2017 film "The Man Who Invented Christmas" that dramatized Charles Dickens' creation of the 1843 "A Christmas Carol" -- two giants in British literature. The audience gets to know about Pooh's forest, some timeless quotations and the people who inspired the novel. But it is also a comedy on post WWI England.

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msallison
Feb 25, 2019

I gave this movie a half a star. It was a very depressing movie. The son (Billy Moon/Christopher Robin) was a delightful child. His parents were very aloof and wealthy. They were not very involved with their only child. Their son was attached to his nanny because she spent quality time with him that his mom should haveI did not think this was really a movie young children would grasp. The dad and an illustrator created Winnie the Pooh based on Billy's playing with his favorite stuffed toys. His family with help of other rich people, made a nice fortune off of the book and material items created to go with the story. Billy Moon/Christopher Robin got fed up with the constant publicity. He wanted to live a normal life out of the limelight. I could not connect with such an aloof set of parents. The filmography, setting, and clothing were time period accurate.

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gurujr
Feb 20, 2019

Wonderful biopic on the author, AA Milne, and his creation of Winnie the Pooh. Just a darn good story.

JCLBeckyC Feb 05, 2019

Two of my favorite things in one movie: Pacifism and Pooh!

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OurKnightsTale
Jan 21, 2019

Found it an interesting tale of how our beloved Winnie The Pop got its start. Shows how things are not always as perfect as it seems. Good story, good acting.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

"Sir James Barrie and..." the elegant Mrs. Milne." Alan, if you hadn't deserted me, people wouldn't take the liberty of making remarks like that.
-Remarks? What remarks? "Elegant" is not a remark.
"Elegant" means over 30. Everyone knows that.
--You'll never be elegant in my eyes.
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What did we fight that war for? Why doesn't anyone talk about it? Why does everyone act as though nothing happened?
-Well, it is over.
And what am I doing about it?
-Nothing! You're doing what you're good at. Writing plays. Nothing has changed.
Don't you see? If nothing changes, then the same thing will happen all over again.
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Well, we're going on holiday. Just to Italy. For a month or so.
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You know, the one good thing about the war is... there are lots of marvelous women around like you... who are never going to get married because there are no men. So you can take on work like this.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

I know you, Blue, you're a writer. If you don't start writing properly soon, you'll be unbearable. Write and I'll come back. If you don't, then I shan't.
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Mummy said we mustn't talk to you when you're working.
-This isn't that sort of work. This is proper work.
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Daphne: Well, I say, Billy Moon, this is an unexpected pleasure. Have you come to see my woods?
-Are they really your woods?
Daphne: Oh, yes. As far as the eye can see. Well, a bear does feel more at home in the woods amongst the wild animals.
-Are there really wild animals?
Daphne: I can't continue this conversation till we've been properly introduced.
-I'm Billy Moon and you're Teddy Bear.
Daphne: Edward Bear, if you don't mind.
Alan: Mummy will help us think of a new one.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

Winnie. That's a girl's name.
-Well, our mother would have preferred a girl. I should think if you look like that, you can call yourself whatever you like. So fierce.
Edward Bear is not really going to grow up like that, is he?
-Goodness no. He's going to stay little forever. Like my boy.
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The thing about war is, Alan, who wants to read about it?
- I should have thought that was obvious. Anyone who doesn't want it to happen again.
Everyone in England seems to be cross. Strikes. Protests. Even you seem cross.
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Because do you know what writing a book against war is like?
-No. Tell me.
It's like writing a book against Wednesdays. Wednesdays, Blue, are a fact of life... and if you don't like them, you could stay in bed but you can't stop them... because Wednesdays are coming and if today isn't actually a Wednesday it soon will be.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

Winnie. That's a girl's name.
-Well, our mother would have preferred a girl. I should think if you look like that, you can call yourself whatever you like. So fierce.
Edward Bear is not really going to grow up like that, is he?
-Goodness no. He's going to stay little forever. Like my boy.
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The thing about war is, Alan, who wants to read about it?
- I should have thought that was obvious. Anyone who doesn't want it to happen again.
Everyone in England seems to be cross. Strikes. Protests. Even you seem cross.
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Because do you know what writing a book against war is like?
-No. Tell me.
It's like writing a book against Wednesdays. Wednesdays, Blue, are a fact of life... and if you don't like them, you could stay in bed but you can't stop them... because Wednesdays are coming and if today isn't actually a Wednesday it soon will be.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

A soldier shot his mother by mistake. And that's how Winnie ended up in the zoo with everyone staring at him. I'm going to call my bear Winnie. It's Winnie. Short for where he comes from. Winnipeg.
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Where's Nanny? I don't understand. You mean to say it was just the two of you this whole time? How absurd.
-Are we to know where you've been? Oh, good heavens no. I mean, what would be the point? The great thing is I'm back now.
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This is more than a few poems. Mmm. It's a little world. Like you said, a hundred-acre paradise.
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Edward Bear will be here to keep an eye on you.
-That's not even his name! Please, Nou, don't go.
You're being very unkind. Look, you've got all these creatures.
-I don't want them!
Billy!
-I hate them!
That's enough! I'm walking out of this room... and I won't come back in again
until you have recovered all of your nice ways.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

Well, what's his name?
-He doesn't have a name. He's wild. But I want to call him to me.
You should call him Pooh, then. So if he ignores you, you can pretend you were just saying, "Pooh."
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Why King John, though? Why not King Richard? The Lionheart.
-He's a terrible fellow. Always off crusading, biffing people, getting himself taken prisoner... and making the common people stump up for his ransom. Besides, he was practically French. King John stayed at home.
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You overestimate me if you think I can wrestle a bear into a tree. Stay alert.
Where there's one bear, there might be a whole flock of them. Good.
-Mummy says they have to have names.
Well, the tiger should be called Tiger.
-Tigger is better than Tiger.
Better how?
-It's more tiggerish.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

If I'm in a book, people might think I'm not real.
-Well, then it will be a surprise when they find out you are real.
And when they find out Winnie is real?
-We can't call him Winnie in the book, because Winnie is a girl's name.
No. It's a bear's name. It's different for bears. Nou says. I like names with "the." William the Conqueror,
-Richard the Lionheart, Joanna the Mad.
You made her up.
-I certainly did not. She was the queen of Spain. Winnie the Bear.
Everyone knows he's a bear already.
-He wasn't called Richard the King, was he? Or Billy the Moon. But you're not the moon. Christopher the Robin.
I'm not a robin either. What will you call me in the book?
-Not Billy Moon because that's what we call you. It'll be confusing.
But if I'm really in the book.
-Christopher Robin, then... because it's your real name, but it's not who you really are.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

Vespers
Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

God bless Mummy. I know that's right.
Wasn't it fun in the bath to-night?
The cold's so cold, and the hot's so hot.
Oh! God bless Daddy - I quite forgot.

If I open my fingers a little bit more,
I can see Nanny's dressing-gown on the door.
It's a beautiful blue, but it hasn't a hood.
Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,
And pull the hood right over my head,
And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,
And nobody knows that I'm there at all.

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.
And what was the other I had to say?
I said "Bless Daddy," so what can it be?
Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

You see, after the war there was so much sadness... that hardly anyone could remember what happiness was like. Then Winnie the Pooh came along and he was like a tap. You just turned it on and happiness came out.
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Mrs. Milne, what's the first thing you want to do in America?
-Well, I should love to go to a speakeasy.
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I don't quite approve of fruitcake except at weddings.
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I also noticed that you have cardboard tied to your legs.
-In case of dragons. You don't know where
I can get some of that dragon-proof cardboard, do you?
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Lovely. Like a wood spirit.
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Blue... when I'm grown up, how old will you be?
-About 100, I should think.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2019

I thought you might wear this. It has panache, don't you think?
-Like the one the Nanny wears in Mr. Milne's poem.
Yes, exactly. We don't want people to be disappointed because you don't look the way you do in the book.
-I'm not in the book, ma'am. The nanny in the book is called Alice.
Only because it rhymes with palace. Unlike "Nanny" which rhymes with nothing polite.
--Are people going to look at us, Nou? Like they look at Winnie the Bear in the zoo?
-No, Moon, I don't think they are... because we are going to go in disguise.
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You're the luckiest boy in the world because you know the real Winnie the Pooh. Most people have to make do with a pretend one.
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A person should do the things a person loves with the people a person loves... because you never know what happens next.

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