Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
Fred Rogers used puppets and play to explore complex social issues: race, disability, equality and tragedy, helping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred's ideal of good neighbors?
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Too much of everything
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
I can not even talk about this movie because I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I will say that Mr Rogers is a very interesting and influential man and I did not even grow up watching his show.
As a child, I only watched Mr. Roger's Neighborhood sporadically...enjoyed it, but wasn't a hard core viewer. What a mistake. After seeing the wonderful documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' today, I wish I had viewed his show exclusively. The documentary is a beautiful tribute to a man who devoted his life to children's education via the television medium. However, it's more than that. Through interviews with his wife, cast members, co-workers, and others, a portrait of a GOOD man emerges. A man who preached love and the belief that everyone is special because you are you. Whether you watched him as a child, or just knew a little about him, do yourself a favor a go see this movie, and be prepared to be moved and challenged to be a better person.
All the feels. But, as effective this movie is at drawing out emotions that range from the heights of joy to the depths of sorrow at the hurt we cause upon each other, every aspect of this documentary is equally brilliant. This is a masterpiece of story-telling. I can not recommend this movie enough, for everyone from 13 to 130.
Many great insights into the man and show that was pivotal to so many during their formative years. I was never a regular watcher of the show, but watching this leaves both my wife and I regretting that we didn't watch it more growing up. Great job by the production team! Will watch again and definitely recommend it to you.