A fine jour­ney through the Hun­dred Acre Wood

The Progress-Index - - NATION & WORLD - Ni­cholas Van­de­loecht Staff Writer

Good­bye Christo­pher Robin was a de­cent biopic. Mostly strong, ofthe-times per­for­mances from Mar­got Rob­bie, Kelly Macdon­ald and Domh­nall Glee­son were com­ple­mented by beau­ti­ful vi­su­als, an in­ter­est­ing nar­ra­tive and solid edit­ing that in­cor­po­rates the imag­i­na­tion and flash­backs of Winne the Pooh cre­ator A.A. Milne into the story rather smoothly.

This movie how­ever is ham­pered by a mu­si­cal score that dips into sac­cha­rine ter­ri­tory, and a wordy screen­play that didn’t al­ways quite fit the boy play­ing Christo­pher Robin.

The end se­quence, in which the cen­tral con­flict was re­solved, felt forced and rushed.

But the movie cer­tainly ex­celled at bring­ing that 1920s-era fa­mous fam­ily to life, and when cer­tain char­ac­ters were meant to be ab­sent, you would not see them and there­fore feel their ab­sence in the ex­act way that cer­tain char­ac­ters would feel it.

It’s also a solid telling of the ori­gin story of Win­nie the Pooh, al­though it would’ve been to the moviemak­ers’ ben­e­fit to in­cor­po­rate Pooh and his friends into the imag­i­na­tive se­quences, and sadly, that never truly hap­pens.

But in the end, this was a beau­ti­ful-look­ing, wellacted, de­cently told ori­gin story of one of Amer­ica’s most beloved char­ac­ters, and if you’re look­ing for more Moviepass movies to see in the­aters af­ter Thor, The Florida Project and Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press, this is worth con­sid­er­ing.

Good­bye Christo­pher Robin is En­joy­able.

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