(2017) (Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An author, suffering from PTSD following WWI, strives to write something to uplift the world, unaware that his creation will overtake and dominate his and his young son's lives.
- It's after WWI and Alan Milne (DOMHNALL GLEESON) is an English war vet suffering from PTSD. He's also a writer who's hoping to pen something that will brighten the world, but he's currently suffering from writer's block, something that doesn't sit well with his high society wife, Daphne (MARGOT ROBBIE), who just wants to live off the spoils of his work. Thus, she isn't pleased when he moves her and their young son, Christopher "Billy Moon" Robin (WILL TILSTON), out to the country where he hopes the change of scenery might inspire him.
What it does inspire is a return to the city by Daphne who says she'll return once he starts writing again. All of which leaves their nanny, Olive (KELLY MacDONALD), to be the boy's nurturing mother figure, what with Alan not comfortable in his parenting role. But he does spend time with Christopher Robin and the boy's imagination eventually leads Alan to create the various characters of the Five Hundred Acre Wood world, including Winnie the Pooh.
The initial book becomes a hit, Daphne moves back home, and the parents end up using their son to help promote Alan's literary creation. All of which puts a strain on the boy and his relationship with his parents, a problem that lingers as he grows up into a young man and another world war looms.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the Winnie the Pooh characters, they might have some interest, but since this is the back-story behind the creation of those, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language.
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