A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG)
Venue: The Corn Hall
With Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper
1hr 49 mins, USA, 2019
Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers, (host of the popular long-running American television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood between 1967-2001) and the journalist Tom Junod.
After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbour.
Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, the film offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding. In fact, just what we need at the moment!
"I… spent quite a lot of this hypnotically watchable film covertly swallowing down a lump in my throat." **** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
The film feels at once adventurous and classically simple. And of all things, lovely - as disarmingly, implausibly so as Mister Rogers.