In this messy, scary world we have two things we can cling to (three if you count Bette White) that reminds us that there is still some good and kindness in the world. Those things are: the legacy of Mister Fred Rogers and the forever nice guy charm of Mister Tom Hanks. We already knew that Tom was playing Mister Rogers, and now the trailer is finally here.
The movie is called A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and it has everything we need right now: a budding friendship between a cynical journalist and Fred Rogers, a nostalgic look back at the set of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, American treasure Tom Hanks playing even bigger american treasure Fred Rogers and most importantly a much needed reminder that not everything is awful. According to Variety:
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood because Sony debuted the first trailer for its Mister Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Hanks) and Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), a cynical journalist assigned to write a profile of the long-running television host.
When hearing the premise I assumed it was about another journalist named Tim Madigan who was ALSO a cynical journalist who ALSO wrote a book about his budding friendship with Mister Rogers called “I’m Proud Of You”. Classic Mister Rogers, having more than one jerk journalist write a book about how inspiring he is. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t get my mom to write a Facebook post about how just okay I am.
The trailer highlights how special Mister Rogers was and how needed his message is now.
The feel-good film highlights the important of kindness in a skeptical world.
“Sometimes we have to ask for help and that’s okay,” Rogers concludes in the trailer. “I think the best thing we can do is to let people know that each one of them is precious.”
In a world that often feels like it’s on fire and the Death Eaters are winning and kids are watching YouTubers tase rats, this trailer offers a reminder of a simpler time when Mister Rogers could transport you to make-believe land or to a crayon factory and most importantly he would always love you just the way you are. Mister Rogers might even love Tom Hanks even though Tom is ALLEGEDLY (I still need to see the DNA results) half responsible for giving us Chet Haze.