Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks portrays TV’s Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a widely popular children’s program. The movie is a tale of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and Esquire journalist Tom Junod. The jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned to profile Fred Rogers as a punishment for arguing with his editor. He overcomes his skepticism of Rogers, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most-loved personality.
Although the public sees only an exterior review of Rogers, there is an internal one. In conversations, he admits that he is only human. He and his wife have continuing arguments and one of his two sons does not talk to him.
It is Junod who eventually sees Rogers’ true flair of humanity. His article makes the cover of Esquire.
“Beautiful Day…..” is a true feel-good movie and a perfect gift to see during the Holiday Season with the family. Expect Hanks to get an Oscar nomination, but BioPics rarely win the gold statue.
The movie gets an A rating and an unqualified approval. It is currently playing at the Barnstorm Theater in The Villages.
Villager Jack Petro reviews movies for Villages-News.com.