MOVIE REVIEW | “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”

1009By Bob Palmer08

The movie about Mister Rogers is not a Fred Rogers biopic, or maybe it is. I confess to never being a big fan of the television show. “Mister Rogers” did not move into my neighborhood until I was past the age to appreciate the series.

There was also an access problem. “Mister Rogers” was on PBS, which was impossible to receive in rural Northeast Texas until I bought a satellite dish about the time I turned 40.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood,” written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and directed by Marielle Heller, helps me understand what I missed so many years ago and misjudged as an adult.

The story is based on a 1998 magazine article by Tom Junod who is assigned to do a short piece on Rogers for “Esquire.”

Over the course of several interviews, Rogers (Tom Hanks) helps the journalist character renamed Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) come to terms with his emotions and his dysfunctional relationship with his father (Chris Cooper)… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).


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