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This poignant story of what propelled author A.A. Milne to write the Winnie The Pooh series of children’s books is decisively one of the best films of the year.

A.A Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) was mentally scarred from his experiences in the First World War and spending time with his young son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) playing games with furry toys in the woods was not only therapeutic for his mental health, but also the catalyst which inspired the magical world of Winnie The Pooh.

When young Christopher said to his father, “If you wrote a book for me I’d definitely read it” little did they know this would be the inception of the world’s best loved children’s books and that fame and fortune would ultimately lead to a crossroad in their relationship.

Australian actress Margot Robbie portrays Christopher’s loving but temperamental mother, but the standout performer is Will Tilston whose charismatic performance brings the cheeky and imaginative Christopher Robin to life.

Only the British could bring this father/son relationship story to the screen, with such elegance, artistry and a beautifully written script with numerous heart-wrenching scenes leading to a tearful but satisfying conclusion. (MMo)

★★★★