A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ★★★

Heller’s filmmaking is so warm and inviting. She has the ability to take character’s who on the surface feel like supporting characters in real life and makes them protagonists (obviously referring to Llyod, not Mr. Rogers.) That said, while she held my attention with his character, the performance from Matthew Rhys felt pretty cartoonish and stereotypical. Same with Chris Cooper, he didn’t really feel believable till the last 20 minutes. The editing was interesting and I appreciate the stylistic choices that were made but in some ways it threw off the structure. But back to Heller, her slow patient style worked insanely well with an award-worthy performance from Hanks (still team Dafoe, don’t worry.) Can’t wait to see what she does next.

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