A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks as Mr Rogers in, as the synopsis states, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, and is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.
After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour.
Personally, while I’ve heard of Mr Rogers (and the first time of that was a mention in The Breakfast Club), I’ve never seen his programme and it’s one of those things that was well before my time. That said, Whitney Houston’s music was never for me, and it still resulted in at least one decent documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me? And similarly, I didn’t like The Exorcist, but I did enjoy the 70-minute documentary made by Mark Kermode, so it could still work for me.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is released in the UK on December 6th.
Director: Marielle Heller
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster Also stars: Enrico Colantoni, Chris Cooper, Wendy Makkena, Tammy Blanchard, Kevin L Johnson (Ozark)
Check out the trailer below:
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