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Movie Review: A Charming and Mushy Tale of ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

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The story behind the conception of Winnie the Pooh, one of the most beloved icons of childhood literature, runs the risk of coming off as a sappy Lifetime movie. Director Simon Curtis tackles the film almost as a dare, walking so close to the massive waves of melodrama and dipping his toes in it just when want him not to. There’s a great story here, but it comes with a hefty dose of honey to make its drama go down smoother. At least Curtis had the decency to sprinkle the artificialness rather than slather.

We start with author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) right after the war. After a brief scene of being in the muddy trenches with dead bodies, cut to him trying to adjust to society and unable to accept the civilized world’s distance from the horrific events. Milne can’t stop thinking about the war, and it’s wearing down on his mental state. His wife, Daphne (Margot Robbie), believes this is only a brief phase that can be quickly solved with A. A. returning to his writing. When that doesn’t work, she has a child. When that doesn’t work, she entertains his idea to live in the country where he can write his anti-war book.goodbye

Their son, Christopher (Alex Lawther), proves to be a source of sweetness and innocence during a rocky time for the Milne family. A. A. wants quiet for his writing, and Daphne intends to live her life outside with parties and fame. But when A. A. finds himself taking care of Christopher on his own, he finds himself better able to write and cope with his son’s imagination and simplicity. It also helps that his kid is so adorable that if the movie tried to make him anymore cute, he’d have sugar in his veins.

The formation of Winnie-the-Pooh from this bonding comes with expected beats of discovery. What shall we call the donkey? How about Eeyore? What wonderful origins. Aside from the lacking backgrounds of the animals of The Hundred Acre Woods, the chemistry between Alex Lawther and Domhnall Gleeson balances out the stumblings of this story. Sure, their warmth is partially manufactured by the glowing cinematography of the countryside and the manipulative music of Carter Burwell, but at least the actors are giving their best, even if the director is placing this plot on drama autopilot.

The movie mostly proceeds down a somewhat predictable path of the success of the books. This includes the conception of the illustrations, the imagination of Christopher that forms the stories, the fame seen in montages of books flying off the shelf and the loss of identity poor Christopher feels for being a literary celebrity. There’s a struggle to prevent the melodrama, but this grip is lost by the third act, trying to wrap up the story with the most basic of dialogue. It’s clear as day that Christopher doesn’t care about the money and just wants to be with his dad. Does Christopher have to say this exact line to his father just before he goes off to war?

Despite some somber and dark depictions of A. A.’s war flashbacks and Christopher’s fears of being famously lonely, Goodbye Christopher Robin is a relatively light bit story that will bring more forced tears and smiles than genuine intrigue. Much like how Disney portrayed the real story in Saving Mr. Banks, the film does its best not to step on any controversial toes and go for the most easily digestible story for general audiences. If the string of real life story movies seems a little too tragic, here is one that is sure to warm hearts just a little bit if you’re willing to go for the ride. I didn’t mind its journey, though I can’t say I enjoyed it when the wheels started to come off towards the end.

[author title=”About the Author” image=”http://popstermedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/mark_mcpherson-300×221-150×150.jpg”]Movie Reviewer Mark McPherson has been all about movies since working at a video store in his youth. His talents range from video editing to animation to web development, but movies have always been his passion to write about.[/author]

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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