On Friday, with the release of the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, children of all ages will be able to return to a friendly, familiar neighborhood. Tom Hanks stars as iconic children’s television host Mister Rogers in a film directed by Marielle Heller.
Since 2003, when Rogers passed, the world seems to have gotten a little bit colder and a little less forgiving. Idealistic children who grew up with his pleasant affirmations have been pushed and sometimes knocked down with the challenges of growing up. It’s a good time to be reminded that everyone has worth, and kindness, grace and forgiveness have not gone out of style.
The story centers on Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a fictionalized version of real journalist Tom Junod, who profiled Rogers for Esquire magazine in 1998. Vogel approaches the host with suspicion and jaded ambivalence. He feels Rogers is beneath his expertise, so for spite, he’s determined to expose any secrets or shortcomings. As he begins to profile Rogers, the host turns the tables on the interviewer, instead putting the spotlight on him.
The “putting others first” philosophy directed the course of the film, departing from a straight-up biopic of Rogers to highlighting the effect he had on others. To most of the world, who viewed him through a screen, he was a warm and comforting voice. To those who were fortunate enough to have relationships with him, he was transformational.
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SOURCE: Charisma News