It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tom Hanks continues to prove that he can do no wrong in his latest film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, where he portrays the beloved Fred Rogers from the children’s television show Mister Rogers Neighborhood. We meet Mister Rogers through the eyes of cranky journalist Lloyd Vogel, who’s struggling to adjust to fatherhood while grappling with the reappearance of his neglectful but well-meaning father. Vogel is played by Matthew Rhys and inspired by real-life journalist Tom Junod, who profiled Rogers in 1998 for Esquire magazine. The film is just as sappy as you’d expect, but it manages to carefully walk the line between sentimentality and melodrama. Director Marielle Heller tells this story in unexpected ways, including an almost meta narrative and dream sequences. Fatherhood, masculinity, forgiveness, and death are explored just as they were in the original show, which lasted decades and guided countless children into adulthood. Viewers who are expecting a peek into the intimate life of Mister Rogers may be disappointed, though; the story is more about the impact Rogers had on Vogel—whose life begins to change thanks to him—than it is about the legendary man himself. In wide release