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|Original title:||Goodbye Christopher Robin|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 107 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
When he returns from World War I, the celebrated playwright A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) longs to escape the noise of the big city and escape the terrible memories of the war in the country. Against the will of his wife Daphne (Margot Robin) the author moves with his family to a small house in Ost-Sussex. But even here the inspiration for new works does not want to come. Only when Alan spends time with his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) does the boy's fantasy and his stuffed animals inspire him to create a story that immediately becomes a classic in children's literature. "Pu der Bär" sells millions of copies all over the world and makes its protagonist Christopher Robin a star overnight. The little boy is suddenly forced into a role which he has not chosen and which from now on will determine his whole life…
For generations, the adventures of BearWinnie-der-Pu, his friends Tigger, Piglet or Donkey I-Aah and of course the boy Christopher Robin have enchanted children as well as adults all over the world. With his book A. A. Milne has brought back joy and the ability to dream to a society marked by war. A great gift, but one that also cost a great sacrifice: The childhood of his son Christopher Robin. This year, the boy is the focus of two major feature films. In the summer Disney will bring back the lightheartedness of childhood to adult Christopher Robin, played by Ewan McGregor, through his animal friends, which promises to be a cheerful, heartwarming film.
Completely different "Goodbye Christopher Robin" by Simon Curtis ("The Woman in Gold"). His movie also has some very touching and beautiful moments, but at its core is the very sad story about the loss of a childhood and the coming to terms with a war trauma. Especially at the beginning, Curtis relies a little too intensively on blurred total shots of Domhnall Gleeson's face to symbolize his struggle against the memories of the war. This is not only a bit overstrained, but is also not very subtle.
If the story has picked up some momentum - as long as this can be said at the more carried pace of the story - it is easier to build up an emotional bond with the characters. The most ungrateful role is played by Margot Robbie, a frustrated mother from rural life who sells her son for success. All of this is of course implemented in a somewhat striking way, but overall the emotional core of the story works very well. The film makes it clear that behind a story that has made so many people happy, there may well be one that has more or less destroyed a whole life. Curtis succeeds in doing this without destroying the memory of "Pu the Bear" and its meaning. And for that there is - despite some weaknesses - a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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