A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Time Out says
Tom Hanks is a beaming, slightly cryptic Fred Rogers in a movie that's more about a journalist in need of a hug.
Fred Rogers captivated generations of America’s kids with his TV show ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’. He didn’t sugar-coat things, coaxing his young viewers through even the tough stuff like Vietnam and civil rights. Imagine Andi Peters presenting ‘Newsnight’ using animal puppets as props, and you’ll get the idea.
Unfortunately, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ can’t quite match up the easy charms of the cheap-and-cheerful TV programme itself. There’s no impulse to explore the complexity of this strangest of celebrities – a gifted listener and child whisperer who calmed adults just as effectively. Tom Hanks, in his twinkly-eyed wheelhouse as Rogers, is a winning presence in a supporting role, while Esquire writer Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) becomes the movie’s surrogate kid. He’s swamped by a toxic relationship with his estranged dad that’s distracting him from his big interview with Rogers. You can easily predict what follows.
It may be that successful real-life journo Tom Junod, on whom the Lloyd character is based, lacks real drama. And a bolder movie would have included Rogers’s late-career triumph, when he turned post-9/11 anxieties into a teachable moment. ‘Anything mentionable is manageable,’ Hanks offers in the film’s wisest words. It’s good advice, though the emotions here could have done with being a bit wilder.
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This is a remarkable and brave film. It will polarise into those that understand and those that hate it, feeling very uncomfortable just like the journalist. This was a strong performance from Tom Hanks. Anything less and the film would have folded. And round him were some really extraordinary performances. The dying man, Chris Cooper, felt very real. The underplaying of everything, including the set lent weight to the power of this film. For something so gentle this film takes no prisoners.
Agree. Enjoyable tosh for which Rothkoph (not for the first time) was at a loss for words to explain it. He probably would have preferred to swoon over, The Lighthouse than review this mundane entry, which I very much enjoyed. Hanks is today's Jimmy Stewart. The everyman of acting.
I'd disagree Joshua Rothkopf, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood is masterclass film making and one of the most touching I've seen in a lonnnng time. I think you missed the point sadly (perhaps you could be in need of a little bit of Mr Rogers yourself ;), It sounds like you were looking for 'drama' and perhaps a biopic of Mr Rogers himself - ABDitN doesn't go down those very obvious paths and is all the better for it.
I watched this film in a packed cinema and at certain points you could have heard a pin drop, it was mesmerising stuff (and they were usually the scenes of just two guys talking in a room).
Hanks disappears into his role (one of his finest) and Matthew Rhys is fantastic as the soul-sick journo; this was beautiful mature film making. Everyone I've talked to LOVED this one, sorry buddy but I think you might be in the minority with your review!