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Goodbye Christopher Robin

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Links to our threads on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), Winnie the Pooh (2011), the live-action version (in development) and Finding Winnie (in development).

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‘Star Wars’ Domhnall Gleeson In Talks To Play Winnie The Pooh Creator AA Milne In ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’
EXCLUSIVE: Domhnall Gleeson, seared into the consciences of children worldwide for his turn as the villainous General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, could be about to play a more family friendly figure in Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne. Gleeson is in talks to board Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, which charts the relationship between Milne and his son, which led to the creation of everyone’s favourite honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh. Pooh was named after Milne’s son Robin’s teddy bear. Robin, who initially had a difficult relationship with his father, also served as the inspiration for the character Christopher Robin. The real Robin’s toys also lent their names to other Winnie the Pooh characters such as Tigger, Eyeore and Piglet. . . .
Deadline.com, April 13

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BethR   

Is this another movie that wants to destroy everyone's childhood? The animated Disney versions already did a pretty good job of destroying the books.

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This sounds more like another innocuous academic exercise that purports to draw biographical correlations between famous authors and their iconic texts. (J.M. Barrie is Peter Pan! P.L. Travers is the Banks children!) 

Compare those with, say, Dennis Potter's rather cutting portrayal of Rev. Dodgson in Dreamchild (previously The Wednesday Play: "Alice"), which to me remains the gold standard for this kind of thing.

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Anders   
On 2017-06-15 at 4:10 PM, Justin Hanvey said:

Strong Finding Neverland vibe.

Not sure if that's a good thing.

 

It's not.

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Anodos   
18 hours ago, Anders said:

It's not.

Absolutely. I don't even dislike Finding Neverland, but I'm so tired of cutesy-poo 'life' affirming biopics with magical tinkly piano scores and golden-wash cinematography which try to hide all the bodies in the woodshed. The story of Christopher Robin is actually pretty sad and difficult. He was bullied at school because of his father's books, then became estranged from his parents because he married his first cousin, and his child was born with severe cerebral palsy.

It is possible that the film touches on these topics, because there are scenes with Christopher Robin in his early twenties, but if so the trailer isn't giving it away.

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