There are some things in pop culture that just hit at the right moment. They are the movie or book or music that the world needed in that moment in time to make everything feel a little better. In the new trailer for Goodbye Christopher Robin we see another example of that as we learn the true story of the creation of Winnie The Pooh. The trailer looks a lot like the movies we expect to come out of the end of the year; a period piece with a lot of human drama based on a true story. It’s screaming “I want to win some awards please” with all of the pomp and circumstance we expect from these movies.
The thing is these movies are usually at least okay and this one looks to tell a story of an artist who resents his most popular work and the pressure of being a child that is suddenly thrust into the public eye. It’s a thing that we deal with even to this day as we see kids of famous people awkwardly interviewed and stalked by paparazzi like they are adults. Pooh was the story that the world needed post World War I but the war wouldn’t leave author C.R. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) alone. He thought his other work was better but was largely ignored because of Pooh. Meanwhile his son, whom Christopher Robin in the stories is based, took to the new popularity as well as most kids do; he didn’t. Whether or not the movie is going to touch on the fact that the real Christopher Robin came to resent Winnie the Pooh which left his estranged from his parents has yet to be seen. This is that sort of movie so we can probably expect it will.
A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
Goodbye Christopher Robin, directed by Simon Curtis, stars Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Nico Mirallegro. It will be released on October 13, 2017.