TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 23, 2019
Around this time last year, the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor took the world by storm—or, at least as much as any documentary can take the world by storm—chronicling the life and career of legendary children's entertainer Mister Rogers. It's odd, then, that they would choose to make another Mister Rogers movie so soon after that one, but it's been 25 years since Tom Hanks has won an Academy Award, so it's high time that America's most respectable actor gets another shot at Oscar glory.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is based on the true story of an unlikely friendship that Rogers had with cynical journalist Tom Junod. Here, the character has been changed to someone named Lloyd Vogel, played by The Americans' Matthew Rhys, who sets out to discover if Mister Rogers is really as sunny and optimistic as the character he plays on television. Of course, we all know the answer to that question as Fred Rogers—much like Dorothy Mantooth—was a saint.
The film is directed by Marielle Heller, who helmed last year's hugely underrated Can You Ever Forgive Me?—or, at least as underrated as any film nominated for three Oscars can be—so expect this one to end up in the thick of next year's Oscar race. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will be your neighbor starting on November 22.
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