It’s a shame that Fred Rogers is well known only to Americans because I think he would have quite well suited to British television. I guess you could say that the British equivalent of Mister Rogers ‘ neighborhood was Jim’ll Fix It, but the less we talked about it, the better. To see the real article of kindness, a beautiful day in the neighborhood has become one of the most enjoyable films released at the beginning of this year.
There is some justice that one of the nicest actors in Hollywood Tom Hanks was playing one of the nicest people on American television. Hanks goes all-in in this role, and my god, it pays off, it amazes the mind how close he can get to imitating Fred Rogers ‘ general moves and soft Tone until he throws his shoe. Her performance also amazes the audience when they study her generosity and wonder how someone can be so caring and comforting to others. However, I think what I was looking for the most was Hanks ‘ability to get the message that Mr. Rogers really cared for people and he confirms that the moment he starts singing Mister Rogers’ neighborhood theme.
The Film itself is based on a profile piece in Esquire magazine written by Tom Junod, who was replaced in this Film by the fictional character Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a character deeply conflicted with his frustrations about his relationship with his father Jerry (Chris Cooper). It’s Lloyd’s story that can be strange to anyone who has some sort of Biopic of Mr. Rogers may be waiting for The man on and off the camera retrospective, but the personality in front of the camera is the same in front of the camera and this is Lloyd’s journey to understand this is the most entertaining exploration in the Film.
The narrative unfolds as if you were in a Mister Rogers neighborhood episode, and the production designers have done a remarkable job of reproducing the sets they see in the show as well as the neighborhood model. What’s even more remarkable is that the models don’t do it for one purpose, if a character moves from one place to another, more often than the film shows that with the model of the neighborhood and the city, I think it’s great that the film keeps the assumption that this story takes place in an episode of the show, I think it’s a great detail that drives Fred Rogers ‘ imagination and comfort.
I’m always amazed at how Tom Hanks manages to perfectly portray Mr. Rogers, there’s one scene where I was really surprised at how powerful she was and how easily she captivated the audience. Lloyd and Mr. Rogers are in a Restaurant and Mr. Rogers asks him to think about the people who “liked” him, not just Jerry, but the whole Restaurant is silent. The scene lasts even a Minute in real time. But as impressive as it sounds, the Film takes an extra step when Mr. Rogers looks directly at the camera and you. What a fantastic technique to involve the audience in the events of the film. I would be very interested in a survey to see how many people felt better in this scene.
They become so blind to all the beauty of the film; they barely leave and think the Film could have done better. However, I agree with what I said early on that the Film is not a Biopic. I think the amount of Mr. Rogers that we get is maybe a little unsatisfactory for these people, but these people will also be the ones who never think about it when they come out of the film.
It could have been a very different experience if the Film had taken too innocent an approach, but in this way, I think it would be disrespectful to much of Mr. Rogers ‘ legacy, since he was able to honestly discuss darker topics for children, he would never talk to them. However, the Film is not so completely freed from too innocent moments. I think some people might be able to point out how corny the Movie can sometimes get if we immediately saw a scene that seemed very mature.
You know when you watch a Movie and critics say something in the genre of “a must for the whole family”, but really, it is aimed only at children. A beautiful day in the neighborhood is one of the few films that I really feel like they deserve this opinion, so I’ll say it here. A beautiful day in the neighborhood is a must for the whole family. Tom Hanks deserves his Oscar nomination, and the Film should have earned much more.