A Heartfelt Tribute to Mister Rogers’ Legacy

A beautiful day in the neighborhood is not a biography by heart of the l & # 39; show icon of beloved children, Fred Rogers. The film is based on Esquire Magazine's award-winning profile, "Can You Say Hero?", Written by journalist Tom Junod in November 1998. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood C & # 39 is the true story of how Mr. Rogers helped the writer get rid of his anger. He learned that forgiveness and compassion can be achieved even in the most difficult circumstances. A beautiful day in the neighborhood is to face the darkest parts of your soul and purify yourself at the same time. It's a painfully poignant film.

Tom Hanks plays the role of venerable Fred Rogers. The film is played as an episode of the television series. Mr. Rogers opens his door, warmly greets the public and puts on his iconic red sweater and moccasins. He goes to the board and shows a picture of the journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys). He has a black eye, a bruised face and a bandaged nose. Mr. Rogers calmly explains that his dear friend has caused a fight. He asks the audience if he's ever felt angry enough to hit anyone.

Lloyd Vogel is going through a personal crisis. His sister (Tammy Blanchard) is getting married for the umpteenth time. She invited their alcoholic father (Chris Cooper), who abandoned them and their seriously ill mother. The fact that his publisher gave him a four hundred word article about Mister Rogers does not help. Lloyd causes a crash at the wedding. He is embarrassed to meet Mr. Rogers beaten. He is even more surprised when Mr. Rogers is keenly interested in what happened. A life of bitterness and resentment had invaded him. Lloyd needed a friend to help him face the challenge of forgiveness.

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A beautiful day in the neighborhood is powerfully dramatic. The director Marielle Heller ( can you still forgive me? ) plunges deep into Lloyd Vogel's psyche and personal relationships. It's a raw and hard journey that will surely make you cry. The scenes between Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper are fascinating in their realism. Years of repressed pain erupt like a volcano between characters. An opposite dynamic occurs with the advice of Mister Rogers. Lloyd Vogel refused to believe that a stranger could be so sympathetic to him. His search for a flaw in Fred Rogers forced him to count with his own flaws.

A fine day in the neighborhood receives top marks in style and creativity. Marielle Heller fully embraces the concepts of the series. The external scenes are realized with the models of the plate of Mister Rogers. You do not see Lloyd flying to Pittsburgh or New York for interviews, but just a model plane. Supporting actors also play versions of the characters in the series. The idea is to enhance the simplicity of the plot. The neighborhood of Mr. Rogers is for everyone to understand. From young children to adults, the themes are universal to human nature. A beautiful day in the neighborhood has a well-executed production design that synchronizes with the scenario.

Tom Hanks is wonderfully mastered and jovial like Fred Rogers. He is the calm in the storm, a pillar of strength on which Lloyd can support himself. Chris Cooper and Matthew Rhys could compete for the Supporting Actors Award. Their characters are relatable. Both men offer sublime performances. They have an extreme conflict, but overcome their differences with love. It's a message that seems hokey, but one that is desperately needed in these divided times.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood is a fantastic tribute to the principles of Fred Rogers. It is a serious film with therapeutic values. He will play your heart like a violin. Bring a tissue to this one. A fine day in the neighborhood is an excellent companion to Morgan Neville's excellent documentary in 2018, Do you want to be my neighbor? Fred Rogers has certainly left a legacy of kindness and understanding. A beautiful day in the neighborhood is a production of TriStar Pictures and Tencent Pictures distributed by Sony.

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 Julian Roman at Movieweb


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