A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Impresses

Isabelle McNally, Staff

Fred McFeely Rogers was a American television personality in the 20th century.

 He passed away in 2003 from health complications. 

Rogers ran the show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which is a comforting show for many people during their childhoods, including me. Fred Rogers was a huge part of so many childhoods, gently touching on tragic events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 9/11 and segregation. He taught children to accept each other. 

Tom Hanks was tasked with the heavy job of portraying Mr. Rogers, which he admittedly was terrified of. The film was a hit among critics, being certified ‘fresh’ by Rotten Tomatoes. I absolutely loved this film and there wasn’t a dry eye in a theater, mine included. The emotion conveyed was so raw and beautiful and Hanks was able to beautifully portray Mr. Rogers and even sounded just like him. The story follows a troubled journalist tasked with writing a short story on Mr. Rogers. It becomes a story of self discovery as the journalist learns from Rogers and begins to better himself. The cinematography is balanced between the aesthetic of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and a normal film.

 The movie felt like a warm hug, with all of the support and kindness you’d expect. Hanks almost revived Rogers with his performance, sounding and acting just like him. The movie goes to show how important kindness and forgiveness is, and it is portrayed in a way meant for adults rather than the usual children. While the beloved kid’s show was targeted toward younger audiences, the movie tapped into feelings an adult more goes through. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was a delightful film, with so much emotion and understanding it felt like Mr. Rogers was right there with you. I loved this movie with my whole heart and recommend it to anyone, if you used to watch Mr. Rogers or not.