Though we bookworms are sometimes disappointed by book-to-movie adaptations, we love a bookish movie that delves into the lives of our favorite authors. Goodbye Christopher Robin, a new movie following the life of the iconic Winnie the Pooh author, A. A. Milne, hits theaters October 13. We’ve rounded up a list of things you need to know before seeing the new Winnie the Pooh movie, from cast details to reviews.
1. Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie will star as A. A. Milne and his wife Daphne de Sélincourt.
Domhnall Gleeson, who Potterheads will recognize as Bill Weasley from the Harry Potter films, is set to star as the beloved author A. A. Milne, and Margot Robbie, of Suicide Squad fame, will play his wife, Daphne de Sélincourt. The “real” Christopher Robin will be played by Will Tilston. Another Harry Potter alum, Kelly Macdonald (the Grey Lady) will co-star as the family’s nanny.
2. The movie will change the way you look at this childhood classic.
Though it focuses on a beloved childhood classic, Goodbye Christopher Robin is far from a happy movie. The movie will delve into the PTSD that Milne struggled with after his time in World War I. However, despite the darkness throughout, Gleeson and Robbie promise that it won’t ruin your favorite childhood book. Robbie explains to Metro, “I grew up loving Winnie the Pooh and seeing this movie and playing this role made it feel more significant to me.”
3. Goodbye Christopher Robin is set in Sussex, England.
The movie takes place in Sussex, England, where Milne moved with his family following World War I. He called their new home the “hundred-acre paradise,” which became the inspiration for the Hundred-Acre Wood that readers came to know and love in Winnie the Pooh. Viewers will see the aftermath of the books’ publication, and the impact its huge fame has on Milne and his family.
4. The film is led by director Simon Curtis and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
The film has an impressive production crew that includes director Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and screenwriter Frank Cotrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People). Cottrell describes the movie as “A story about success… whenever anyone gets success, it’s always just the wrong kind of success.”
5. The movie will highlight the power of books in dark times.
Goodbye Christopher Robin shows viewers the impact books and stories have, especially in dark times. In Milne’s case, writing Winnie the Pooh was therapeutic not just for him but for those around him suffering from the terrors of war. The heartwarming tales of a little boy and his woodland friends were just what the country needed at the time.
6. Early reviews describe the movie as a “delightful” tearjerker.
The Guardian calls Goodbye Christopher Robin a “delightful take on the difficult birth of Winnie the Pooh.” Meanwhile, Variety encourages readers to “brush up on the books… and bring your hankies.” While it won’t be for the faint of heart, Goodbye Christopher Robin promises to be a touching story.
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