A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Review (London Film Festival 2019)
Hello Neighbour. 4 / 5
Directed by Marielle Heller. An award-winning cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel, begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile piece on the beloved television icon Fred Rogers. After his encounter with Rogers, Vogel’s perspective on life is transformed.
To be expected, in one of the kindest and comforting films of the year, Tom Hanks warms hearts in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.
A film not really about Mister Rogers but the effect that he had on people, it follows journalist Lloyd Vogel as he assigned a small assignment on Rogers and the personal journey that takes him on.
An existential crisis through Mister Rogers' fantastical lens with practical miniature establishing shots and some very direct fourth wall breaks, it’s a perfect merge of the styles of the children's show and the cinematic real life of the film embodying the two seamlessly.
Such a sincere and calming experience, it reiterates Rogers' messages that are much needed in our current climate and is a film that helps you reflect on your own experiences like a cinematic therapy session.
With so many single tears I lost count, Tom Hanks is the perfect man to fill Rogers' shoes and gives an emotional filled performance of such an honourable man. The way he addresses the characters, and in parts the audience, is so authentic. If I'm ever having a bad day, I'm just going to put this on and relax.