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satisfythecrave

It's been quite challenging for me to sit down and jot down some of my thoughts following watching this film. I've had this tab open for the past five days because I want to write my thoughts, but my thoughts are very painful.

Personally, I'm in the process of mourning. Like Lloyd Vogel, my parent is also terminally sick. I'm unable to communicate with them as well. Our trauma is different than the one Lloyd and Jerry share, but I can't help seeing me in their relationship. Also, my parent loves Mr. Rogers and showed me his show as a child - he, the show, what he was doing for children and education, even the city of Pittsburgh means a lot to my parent. I can't help but think about my own situation via this film.

The last film I watched that was produced by Big Beach was The Farewell. Both films share this theme of losing (grand)parents. I saw The Farewell on the day my terminally ill uncle died. Unbeknownst to me, I saw A Beautiful Day... on that same uncle's birthday. These little synchronicities spice up my life. They give me some sort of balance, some sort of hope.

This and The Farewell are my film companions as I prepare to lose my own parent. It's devasting and my heart is broken but I'm glad to have a film I wish I could share with them, that reminds me of a time when I felt safe, cared for, and loved unconditionally.
1 month 3 weeks ago
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Adrian B AWESOME

It's ok, but it shouldn't be Mr. Rogers framing the story about some boring writer and his boring, movie-cliche reconciliation story. Every time Hanks is off-screen, I was wondering "why is the best part of the movie not on screen?" He's in maybe 45 minutes of the movie, to its detriment. Go watch last year's documentary instead, far more satisfying.
1 month 4 weeks ago
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BogartBaggins

A lovely and and compassionate picture, and like the TV show, addresses and tries to simplify to a sense of understanding some very challenging topics. A good watch for anyone tired of super heroes, dark thrillers, etc and in need for a soul cleanser
2 months ago
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Siskoid

If you've seen the Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood won't really tell you anything new about Fred Rogers. The story is really about the cynical investigative journalist who interviews him for Esquire magazine and how his life is changed by meeting a genuinely good person. The Lloyd Vogel of the film is a fictionalized version of Esquire's Tom Junod, with more extreme family problems to bring the drama in sharper focus. What's absolutely true to life is Mr. Rogers himself, brought to life by Tom Hanks with no small measure of subtlety, in particular a seething temper always kept under control. Director Marielle Heller recreates the children's program itself to create a soft video frame tale for the movie, presented by Mr. Rogers, and hokey model shots to build transitions and dream sequences. Personally, I found the Vogel story extremely relatable, and it pushed some buttons, but Rogers' amazing grace had the effect it did in the documentary - I wept for long periods and being in a crowded movie theater, had to keep from noisily bawling a couple of times. There are some astonishing moments of humanity in this. Not a dry eye in the house.
1 month ago
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