Sean Mack's movie review: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

Hello, Neighbor!

November 22, 2019

One of the most anticipated movies of the fall is here: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood".


Ever since the first pictures of Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers were released months ago, people have been curious to see him take on the iconic role.  I saw it Thursday night and I’m here to tell you-he’s pretty good!  It’s not a dead-on impression and it takes a minute for your brain to turn off the “I’m watching Tom Hanks play Mister Rogers” thought process, but eventually his gentle tone and mannerisms win you over.

So is the movie any good? 

This is not a Mister Rogers biopic, for the record.  It’s based on the true story of a troubled writer assigned to do a magazine profile on the children’s show star and what he learns about himself along the way.  The story is interesting and heartwarming, and the movie is honestly kind of trippy at times-Hanks is actually more of a supporting actor (and will probably be nominated in that category at the Oscars).  Overall, it’s pretty good.  Personally, I preferred the documentary that was made about Fred Rogers a couple of years ago, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”. 

The real life of Mister Rogers was so inspiring and wholesome, it didn’t need a Hollywood version.  He was enough of a star on his own.

I give “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” 3 out of 5.