TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - March 20, 2018
I'm sad that my children didn't grow up with Mr. Rogers. Sure they had Sesame Street, but Mr. Rogers was just the most wonderful neighbor to grow up with. Without the use of any religion—despite being a Presbyterian minister—he preached a gospel of love, kindness, and understanding... that clearly no one took to heart when you look at this hellish landscape around us.
The new documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor comes to us from the Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom, Morgan Neville, and traces the life and career of Fred Rogers. Those of us who grew up next door to Mr. Rogers and traveled with him to the Land of Make-Believe are prime candidates for this doc, which is sure to have many of us weeping by the end.
It's Mr. Rogers' moment right now as another doc, It's You I Like, is making the rounds on PBS. Not to mention Tom Hanks is playing him in a movie, which is as close as you can get to being beatified without being Catholic. I must also admit that it'll be nice in the midst of a big, noisy action movie filled summer, that parents will be able to take the kids to a nice quiet documentary. Baby's first documentary is a big moment in the life of any parent. Won't You Be My Neighbor opens in limited release on June 8.
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