The first full-length trailer for Goodbye Christopher Robin has arrived. Following on from a short, previously released teaser, this full length trailer gives a greater look at the A.A. Milne biopic set for release later this year. Starring Domhnall Gleeson as Milne, opposite Margot Robbie as his wife, Daphne, the cast is rounded out with Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Will Tilston plays the young Christopher Robin.
Goodbye Christopher Robin tells of Milne's adult life, in particular the relationship he had with his son, Christopher Robin, whose love for his stuffed bear, inspired Milne to write Winnie the Pooh. Of course, Pooh went on to become one of the most successful creations of all time, but his popularity would plague Milne who became resentful that the rest of his work, which he considered to be better, didn't get as much praise or attention.
Goodbye Christopher Robin is hotly tipped for awards contention, and from the rather emotive trailer, it's easy to see why. The world fell in love with Pooh Bear, and Milne's joyous and whimsical stories proved to be just what the public needed after the sadness and horrors of WWI. However, the horrors of War weren't quick to leave Milne's subconscious, and though writing Winnie the Pooh certainly helped him, it also put an enormous pressure on Christopher Robin, who became hugely popular and found himself the subject of intense speculation, which divided those involved in his care; namely his parents and nanny. Eventually, Christopher Robin became bitter over Pooh Bear and the inhabitants of the fictional Hundred Acre Wood, and ultimately he became estranged from his parents as an adult.
The trailer really highlights the sweet and charming performance by the young Tilston, which will no doubt capture the hearts of many when the movie is released. Likewise, Gleeson seems to excel in the role of the troubled Milne who loves his son but is finding it hard to connect to him. Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn), with a screenplay from Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughn.
The trailer above is mainly gentle and unassuming, but there's a definite hint at conflict to come; no doubt this will stem from the sudden and intense media attention Milne's stories brought upon the family. As movies go, Goodbye Christopher Robin seems set to be a proper family film; heartwarming and feel-good with plenty of tear-jerking scenes plus all the locations that inspired Milne's writings and the all important characters of Eeyore, Piglet, and Winnie the Pooh, of course.
Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures
- Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) release date: Oct 13, 2017