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Goodbye Christopher Robin Review – Spoiler Free

Goodbye Christopher Robin is a film which comes directed by Simon Curtis who some might know as the director of 2015’s Woman In Gold. The film stars Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston and Kelly Macdonald. The film is based on the true events surrounding the making of the original Winnie The Pooh books and the life of the real Christopher Robin and his family. It surely is an interesting experience to go and see for any Winnie The Pooh fan out there.

I had always liked the Winnie The Pooh stories and growing up I had always watched the Disney animated cartoons and TV adventures of the character, I always loved seeing all of them. I never actually did read the original Winnie The Pooh story from Milne growing up as I never really looked into it further than what I saw on TV, but it’s now on my list of books to read. I had no idea that Christopher Robin was a real person and that Winnie the Pooh and all the other characters were actually someone’s childhood toys and the stories were based on that child’s adventures.

Goodbye Christopher Robin tells us the story behind how Winnie The Pooh came to be and for the most part the movie is something that I would say it super nice. But on the other hand, I found the entire story of Christopher Robin’s life to be very sad. I’m not sure how to write about it without spoiling the film, but what essentially happens to Christopher Robin is that his family isn’t exactly close with him during his childhood. Much of his raising is done by his nanny. His father who is the author of the books, spends some time with Christopher Robin and decides to write a story about his toys and his adventures in the woods in which they live. It all seems harmless enough, but there is a heavy theme in there about exploiting a young child for some financial gain.

Domhnall Gleeson plays Alan Milne - Goodbye Christopher Robin Review

Domhnall Gleeson plays Alan Milne – Goodbye Christopher Robin Review

The young Christopher Robin doesn’t really understand what’s going on, but his fame after the books are published skyrockets, he’s like a 1920’s Justin Bieber and everyone is going crazy! There’s interviews lined up with the press, everyone wants to play with his toys and everyone wants to talk to him. The poor kid is mostly exploited for some time, but it also has some consequences in that he doesn’t really develop an identity. He’s not really the Christopher Robin in the story, the character has his name, but that’s not really who he is and it’s a big issue. I don’t want to go more into the plot than this, but I felt the whole thing and his whole life was really very sad and a lot of it towards the end is tragedy.

The acting in this film is great. I loved the performance from Will Tilston who played the young Christopher Robin, this young kid can definitely act and was super cute as well. I’m sure everyone who goes to see this will adore Will Tilston. Margot Robbie was also great in this film. although unlike much of the marketing would suggest, her screen time isn’t as much as you’d think. A really big stand out though was Domhnall Gleeson who did some great work as Alan Milne who is essentially the central character for much of the story and has most of the screen time.

Will Tilston plays Christopher Robin - Goodbye Christopher Robin Review

Will Tilston plays Christopher Robin – Goodbye Christopher Robin Review

The directing of this was well done. The locations chosen to film the 100 Acre Wood and the home and everything were just what they needed to be. The costumes were all excellent and the character outfits were very realistic. Simon Curtis did a great job with the film’s tone and it is a nice movie to watch with a very nice story to tell. I came to really care for each of the characters and even though the parents were mean a little at times, I liked them by the end anyway. Goodbye Christopher Robin is an emotional experience though and this is I think the saddest film I watched all year. It’s all about a child growing up and Christopher Robin is very innocent and the world is just not really that great at all.

Overall Goodbye Christopher Robin is an impressive film experience and I’m sure anyone who comes out of the cinema will have a lot to talk about. For Winnie The Pooh fans, this story will provide a lot of context for what was going on behind the scenes for the creation of the stories. Although do be prepared for quite an emotional experience as the story of Christopher Robin is a bit of tragedy and is really very sad at times. All of the actors were great and both Will Tilston and Domhnall Gleeson were very impressive. The characters in Goodbye Christopher Robin were all wonderful and I cared about all of them in the end. It’s even more interesting that these were all real people. It’s a sad story, but it’s a good one and I highly recommend going to see this at cinema. You can’t call yourself a Pooh fan if you don’t go see it!

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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