Whether it be through the original “Winnie-the-Pooh” book by A. A. Milne or the cartoon adaptations that followed it, generations of children have grown up in the Hundred Acre Wood. Now, the story behind Milne, his son Christopher Robin and his creation of the bear with very little brain is coming to theaters with “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”
This live-action film won’t be in theaters until October, but a preview for it has debuted and, well, hold on, Pooh fans. This might get a little emotional:
The preview starts off on an unexpected note, with scenes from an intense battle. But Milne did serve in World War I, so it only make sense that it would be featured in the movie. Still, soon enough, some of the more familiar aspects of the Winnie the Pooh books start to emerge. At the 50-second mark of the preview…is that, is that, POOH STICKS?!?
I’M NOT CRYING. YOU’RE CRYING.
Based on the preview, the film will touch upon the effect Milne’s book had on England after the war. It will be interesting to see if the film explores the effect it had on Milne and Christopher Robin themselves who, according to this BBC piece, actually grew to resent the character and the toll it took on their professional and personal lives.
Regardless, it looks like a film that anyone who is familiar with Pooh will want to watch. It’s directed by Simon Curtis and stars Domhnall Gleeson (yes, Bill Weasley) as Milne, Margot Robbie (“Suicide Squad,” “Wolf of Wall Street”) as his wife Daphne, and newcomer Will Tillston as the titular Christopher Robin. Tillston is absolutely adorable, and looks perfect for the role:
Even 60 years after Milne’s death, the Winnie the Pooh universe continues to grow, with old photos of Milne and Christopher Robin even inspiring new characters.
Sadly, we still have a few more months until we can say hello to “Goodbye Christopher Robin” in theaters. I guess we’ll just have to find something to do in the meantime. Hmm…