First Glance: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Untitled Mr. Rogers / Tom Hanks Project

Last year gave us the fantastic documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” It was a warm and beautiful examination of Fred Rogers (who many of us affectionately know as Mr. Rogers). The film was criminally overlooked at the Academy Awards yet for many its message was needed and timely.

This year brings the much-anticipated biopic of this beloved figure who is forever etched in so many childhood memories. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” stars the one person who could pull off playing the titular main character – Tom Hanks. It looks to be told from the perspective of a cynical reporter who is reluctantly assigned to write on Rogers for Esquire magazine. The first trailer dropped today and it looks fabulous.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” hits theaters in the heart of awards season, November 22nd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

20 thoughts on “First Glance: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

  1. You know how some people just bother you? That’s this guy. Even when I was a little squirt of whatever, 7 or 8, I thought he was kind of lame. I watched about half of the documentary and just stopped, that was enough of Fred for me. I like Hanks, but this is a long shot for me to go see.

    • Interesting. I absolutely love Mr. Rogers as a kid and really grew to appreciate what he represented. I watched so much of his show and still (all these years later) remember much of it. For me this trailer really taps into that. I think I’m probably the target audience. 😂

      • No doubt he was a good person with a good heart, just as an entertainer I didn’t find him entertaining. Seems to be a minority opinion.

  2. I’m definitely interested in seeing it – and I completely agree about the documentary. I couldn’t believe it didn’t get more acclaim, it was such a powerful piece and as you put it, with a message so sorely needed in times like these! It will be hard to top that documentary.

  3. The line in the trailer where the reporter’s partner says, “Please don’t ruin my childhood,” seems so relevant. Seems dirt on our long-time “heroes” is prevalent now, but after all those years on TV, Fred Rogers seemed to have genuinely been a great, genuine, humane human. I don’t know what it was about him, but he was able to capture the attention and trust of millions of children without sensory overload. He just sat and chatted with people, puppets, and trollies, and we were captivated. Thinking of Mr. Rogers never ceases to put a smile on my face, and no doubt Tom Hanks and company will do the same.

    Hope it comes to NZ, because I’ll be there opening night.

    • It’s funny you mentioned that specific line. I sent a link to the trailer to my wife and she instantly texted that quote back to me. You’re so right. It does seem relevant today. The Mr. Rogers persona seemed to be a true-to-life portrait of the real man. I know I spent tons of hours with him as a kid.

  4. I am not an American so I have no idea who this man was, all I know is that he was a really nice guy and Americans see him as hero. Hopefully Hanks get nominated for this because it’s been like 20 years since the last one and that’s preposterous.

    • It’s interesting, in an age where so many ‘heroes’ turn out to be frauds, Rogers actually was the real deal. I spent a ton of hours with him as a kid. 🙂

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