Summary Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger's empathy, kindness and decency soon chips away at Vogel's jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past
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In an era that saw the Vietnam War’s lasting effects on veteran fathers and rising divorce rates leave an indelible impression upon young children’s, Mister Rogers did not shy away from talking about her things like divorce, death and war with his young audience and helping them sort through their feelings.
I am glad those who made this movie took their subject, Mr. Rogers, as seriously as he undertook his own mission to minister to young children in his own idiosyncratic way, even as Jesus, no matter what, ministered to the children, telling his impatient disciples, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come into me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
My only complaint is that the magnificent musical contributions of Johnny Costa, who has been hailed as the “white Art Tatum” gets short shrift in the film. Mr. McFeely and the lady who talks to the hand puppets make their appearance in the film, but not John Costa. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to play jazz piano like I heard in the closing credits on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” every day. To this day, I would love to see Johnny Costa’s music for the show as painstakingly transcribed in note-for-note sheet music transcriptions as Art Tatum’s or Jelly Roll Morton’s recordings and published by the Smithsonian Press. Ah, well. br>
That said, as a grandchild whose grandparents’ sad story is similar to that of the Esquire writer’s parents’ I went through several facial tissues during the course of this film which is ultimately about hurt and forgiveness and how demonstrating God’s love can help mend broken people. As Rankin-Bass’ beloved classic, The Little Drummer Boy” s immortal status has shown, this is a visceral theme children, young and old, are forever drawn to.
I love probably all Tom Hanks movies!
I mean, who doesn’t…
But, accepting a movie funded by Tencent. br>
For those reading who don’t know, Tencent is one of the CCP’s main dirty tools,
and if you’re wondering why is that important, I urge you to climb out from under your rock and do your research on China!
STOP LETTING CHINA (the CCP really) SHAPING OUR WORLD,
and WAKE the hell up!
This information war has far worse implications then you imagine, so for the sake of free art, a free internet, a free future, see the threat for what it is and be smart in your decisions.