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Film Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

What the hell am I about to watch?


Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Rating: PG

Genre: Biography, Drama

Running Time: 109 mins

Director: Elizabeth Bank

Staring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Budget: $25 million

Opening Weekend US: $13.2 million




Alright now that I know that bit - hit me with a little clip....


Well I'm still reading so I must be intrigued tell me more!


Overview

Not going to lie I cried during the trailer, I cried during the movie, and hummed along with the songs. Went in expecting one thing, a film about Mr. Rogers, when really it is a film about Tom that features Mr. Rogers.


Story

Tom Junod is a journalist for Esquire that was assigned Mr. Rogers to write a op-ed piece for Heroes. What happens is Mr. Rogers actually gets to know Tom deeper and helps him change his view of his father that leads to forgiveness before Tom's dad passes away.


Characters

Mr. Rogers was very well developed based on what we know of him and even a bit extended. Tom Junod was also very well developed for me to be able to feel a connection with him with his family backstory and his journey through out the movie. The film felt more about Junod than Mr. Rogers.


Female Representation

We have the wives of the leads and quite a few female characters that work behind the scenes on Mr. Roger's show. Nothing that support stood out as a lead but still gave the woman high enough jobs as attorney or director just not a ton of speaking.

That's all great and thanks but the real deets now!


Good movie. I laughed, I cried - a lot. Would highly recommend when you want to feel a little nostalgic.

Rhiannon viewed the film in 2D setting at Regal Harrisburgh on 18 December 2019.

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