A lot of people know about childhood hero and neighborhood television host, Fred Rogers. In this day and age, it’s important to be kind and forgiving towards others. The movie “A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood” encourages people to do exactly that.
Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), journalist, is assigned a profiling job on the one and only Mr. Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks). Once Lloyd actually meets him, he begins the interview normally, like any good journalist. However, Mr. Rogers turns the interview around, and, after Lloyd tells him about a fistfight he had with his estranged father, Mr. Rogers tells Lloyd to be kind and apologize. After the interview, Lloyd goes to apologize to his father, Jerry Vogel (Chris Cooper), but the elder Mr. Vogel has seemingly disappeared.
The similarities between the movie and the television show are uncanny. For instance, the neighborhood diorama was almost exactly the same as the original. The movie itself was contained (timewise) inside an episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which made it feel like it moved at a faster pace. One of the differences between the movie and the show is that while the show was more focused on teaching children than having them get a good laugh, the movie had plenty of comedy and the entire theatre was laughing.
“A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood” is also dark, approaching topics that a lot of people have trouble talking about. For instance, death and depression are major themes in the movie. The message this movie sends is extremely powerful, telling you to spend as much time with your family as possible, because one day you won’t have them anymore. The plot is well crafted and very easy to follow, and it is clear that the writers put a lot of time and effort into this movie. The acting is phenomenal and moving throughout the whole film. Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson (Andrea Vogel), and Chris Cooper all did a terrific job.
“A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood” is an extremely well made movie and has a great message. For those reasons I rate “A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood 10/10. I recommend this movie for ages thirteen and up. Despite a lot of sad and dark moments, watching “A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood” is definitely worth it and comes out in theatres on November 22.