Review

Largely unknown in the United Kingdom, Fred Rodger’s was a popular children’s TV host who, between 1968 and 2001, starred in a show called Mister Rodgers Neighbourhood.

Director Marielle Heller’s (Can You Ever Forgive Me ?) brings Rodgers story to life in the wonderful “A Beautiful day In The Neighbourhood”. Told not from the viewpoint of Rodgers (Tom Hanks) himself but through the eyes of Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a hardened and bitter journalist who, in 1998, was tasked by Esquire magazine to write an article on Rodgers.

Believing that Rodgers wasn’t the saint like person that he appeared to be on screen, Vogel, an abrasive man who is estranged from his unlikable father (Chris Cooper), sets out to look for the flaws behind the perfect person that Rodgers appears to be.

When the pair meet the interviewer turns interviewee as Rodgers, with his profound wisdom and love of everyone and everything, starts to become a type of therapist to the embittered Vogel.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood is as much a story about Lloyd Vogel as it is Fred Rodgers. Both Rhys and Hanks are wonderful in their respective roles. It does all get a bit sugary sweet towards the end and a packet of hankies will probably not go a miss but on the whole, even if you’ve never heard of Fred Rodgers, A Beautiful day In the Neighbourhood is an emotional and heartfelt story that comes highly recommended.

4/5



A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood (PG)

1h 49m

Director: Marielle Heller

UK Release: on demand 25th May, Blu-Ray and DVD 8th June 2020 





A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood - Featurette

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood - Featurette

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood - Clip

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood - Clip