Won’t you be my neighbor?
Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.
My British sensibilities are having a hard time writing the word “Neighbor” instead of “Neighbour”, but as this is an American movie about an American icon, I feel it’s only respectful to let the Americans have this one.
I was never really that familiar with Mr Rogers growing up. He wasn’t someone we had on television in the UK and to this day, I’ve still not seen his show. The only recollection I really have of him is during a scene in Short Circuit 2 when Johnny 5, the robot brought to life by a bolt of lightning, is watching his show on television and Mr Rogers is talking about the difference between someone who’s alive and a puppet that is not.
Whilst I’ve never seen the show, I know he’s got a reputation for being one of the nicest people on the planet. And who better to portray him than yet another legendary American icon; Mr Tom Hanks.