A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ★★★

I didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers and only know him as a legendarily kind figure of great renown, so seeing him depicted doesn’t do much for me. I had this same sort of apathy issue with Won’t You Be My Neighbor? last year, which was sweet but largely ineffectual for me. I think where this one lost me just a little more is by casting someone as bombastic as Hanks as a quiet figure, because it just feels like he’s performatively whispering through the whole film. A great performance, and a very wonderful film- but it was hard for me to not just see Quiet Tom Hanks. There’s also a very meditative nature to this movie that makes Hanks’s whisper-performance feel almost...... sinister at times. Like it’s building tension for something to come. Which it was not.

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