The past few years have seen quite the bloom in live-action adaptations of Disney animation classics, such as The Jungle Book and this year’s Beauty & The Beast. While several of them have been good (and most of them being average at best), they’ve all been fairly straightforward. Arguably the most interesting on paper was Maleficent, which is one of the lesser efforts of the bunch.
Now is the time for something a little bit more interesting.
Yes, I know. This technically isn’t even a live-action adaptation of an animated film, but it’s very closely related. Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the story of author A.A. Milne, and what led up to the creation of beloved children’s character, Winnie the Pooh.
The official synopsis from Collider is: “Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?”
While this first teaser wasn’t necessarily a lot to go off of, it is exactly the kind that I like to see for a film. We are introduced to the primary characters, we get a sense of tone and overall plot, and we are shown what the film will look like. That is enough to sell me on it, and I’m confidently hooked on this alone.
The film is directed by Simon Curtis, who previously directed 2011’s My Week With Marilyn which I rather enjoyed, and 2015’s Woman In Gold which I unfortunately missed.
With an interesting and relatively untold story, beautiful visuals, and a cast that features actors who have risen to prominence as quickly as Gleeson and Robbie, I’m keeping my eye on the weekend of November 10th.
Were you intrigued by the trailer? Will you be looking forward to Goodbye Christopher Robin? Let us know in the comments section!