Mister Rogers’ film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” shows us a side of Mister Rogers that we never saw before. Many of us grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and most of us saw him as a simple man who completely understood every facet of our childhood imagination. From his puppets and the characters in his neighborhood, he taught us many lessons about life. Mister Rogers’ film teaches us that his philosophy of life also applies to adults and is more complex that we realized.
Based on the true story of journalist Tom Junod’s article, “Can You Say…Hero?” Mister Rogers’ film depicts the powerful friendship that developed between Fred Rogers and Tom Junod. It is a life changing friendship that actually inspired Junod to mature and become a more caring person. When Junod gets an assignment to interview Mister Rogers, he is a little disappointed. After all, he was hired as an investigative reporter for Esquire magazine. In his mind, he sees this interview as a simple profile. However, he realizes that behind the simplicity of Mr. Rogers’ character there is a complex philosophy that he must understand in order to successfully complete his article.
In fact, it takes several interviews for Junod to complete his story for Esquire. Mister Rogers, a role played by Tom Hanks, really analyzes Junod’s character. Eventually, Mister Rogers heals Junod, who is named as Lloyd Vogel in the film, and he helps mend Lloyd’s broken relationship with his father. Like Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys gives a good performance playing the character of Lloyd Vogel, which is based on the real life character of Tom Junod.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood includes wonderful scenes from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. One of these episodes included in this film is when Mister Rogers has trouble setting up a tent. He leaves the footage as it is to teach children that honesty is really important, and he also sends a message that we are not perfect among many other teachings.
Scenes of the New York Skyline are also shown in Mister Rogers’ film, and they simply blend into Mister Rogers’ fictional neighborhood. Not only are these scenes eye catching, they also show us that Mister Rogers’ neighborhood depicts a philosophy that applies to the real world.
There are many wonderful scenes in this dramatic film, but one of the most memorable is when the children spot Mister Rogers on the subway, and they begin to sing Mister Rogers’ theme song. After hearing the kids singing, everyone on the subway begins to sing as well.
Mister Rogers’ film is perfect for an intellectual audience that truly analyzes the meaning of life. This movie is so profound that it is going to make you think about the meaning of life long after it is over. Among many other interpretations of this film, it truly teaches us how important it is to forgive others and the power of unconditional love.