A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ★★★½

Every scene with Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers sings, figuratively and literally. He made me forget he was Tom Hanks and if the movie didn't have two narratives, it would have been amazing, but Mister Rogers isn't the primary story, unfortunately. Just as his show focused on neighbors and children, this story focuses on an adult neighbor with a family problem.

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It's the story of a magazine journalist who is assigned to interview Rogers for a piece about heroes. And then there is this abrupt cutaway and we spend our time getting to know Lloyd, the troubled journalist and the issues he has in his family.

Although the two stories are intertwined and Rogers is very much interested in his "neighbor" friend Lloyd, I found myself wanting a fast forward button to get back to any and all scenes involving Rogers, because that is where the magic of this movie is at. Maybe I'm being greedy, but I wanted -- no, needed -- to have more of the awesome Hanks playing Rogers. Very heartwarming. It is recommended, of course.

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