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Won't You Be My Neighbor?
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?
|Studio :||Focus Features, Impact Partners, Tremolo Productions,|
|Crew :||Director of Photography, Editor,|
|Cast :||Fred Rogers Yo-Yo Ma David Newell Betty Aberlin Koko|
So much average
Good story, Not enough for a whole film
A waste of 90 minutes of my life
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
If you grew up with me Rodgers you will face a huge wave of nostalgia. This movie showed the best of him and gave people a sense of hope even if you didn't grow up with me Rodgers you will still feel the impact of this movie and even you will be at the brink of tears by the end.
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.
"He was a minister...but he didn't wear a collar, he wore a sweater." I've heard it said that Fred Rogers must've been an angel, or even the second coming of Christ. This thinking is dangerous; it relieves us of our responsibility as humans. If he's a God, then we can just admire; if he's human, we must aspire. The movie is a cathartic blanket, and when Daniel the Tiger sings the duet with Lady Aberlin, the crying is constant from there on out. A soothing balm of sincerity and hope for scary and cynical times.
Won't You Be My Neighbor was a poignant documentary about one of the most influential figures in the last 100 years. Not only did this film confront the same issues that face America today, but also gives the most enveloping sense of nostalgia, like Grandma's old wool blanket. Feelings (rather than actions) are at the forefront of this film's theme, as was the case in Fred Rogers' life. He fought an amazing battle for child development, but the film also shows his inner-struggle with other more taboo, contemporary societal issues such as morality. I felt an overwhelming inner peace after seeing this film, like I just realized a childhood truth, that I've long since forgotten.