I was not expecting the amount of feels this film had. Yes, it’s a film about how Winnie The Pooh came to be, but it’s more about how much it affected the real Christopher Robin and the family dynamic as a whole.
A A Milne is suffering with PTSD after the war, wanting to move from a noisy and busy London city to somewhere more peaceful and quiet. I’m not sure what his wife’s deal was…. She seemed to love him, but loved the lifestyle more. Desperate for him to write and be famous so that she could party and enjoy the finer things.
She has a son and says that she can’t bond with him in case he has to go off to war, she’d wanted a daughter. She’s so distant, but there are flashes of real emotion, so it’s unclear as to whether she really loves him, or whether she’s so closed off that she can’t really feel anything. Maybe the fancy lifestyle was to cover the fact that she’d stopped really feeling, it’s easy to search for external stimulus when you have locked away your heart.
You really feel for Christopher Robin, he gets swept up in this world that his father creates and all he really wanted was for someone to play with him and spend time with him. That’s why he loves his nanny so much, because neither parent really gave him that kind of attention. It affects his entire life, from being bullied at school for who he was, to his relationship with his parents.
It’s nice, but take a tissue and I really thought Christopher Robin died in the war….