Earlier today, the first trailer dropped for the long-awaited Tom Hanks film ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’. In the movie, Hanks plays Mister Rogers in a true story about his relationship with the reporter that reluctantly took the assignment to interview him.
The internet seems to be gushing about this trailer, but I can’t help but feel like I’m watching someone do an impersonation of Mister Rogers. I’m hoping that I’m feeling that just from the small amount of footage in the trailer. Perhaps after five minutes in the movie, I’ll lose myself in Tom Hanks performance, but right now, it just feels like I’m watching Tom Hanks.
I’ve got high hopes for the movie, and I’m not giving up. I just think I’m missing the magic that everyone else is getting from the nostalgic angle of the trailer. Along with Hanks, the film stars Matthew Rhys as journalist Tom Junod, Enrico Colatoni, Chris Cooper, and Susan Kelechi Watson,
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood rides the trolley into theaters on November 22nd.
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.