8 comments on “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  • Why is it every time a movie is at 97% or better on Rotten Tomatoes one of the only bad reviews comes from you? Trust me, the other 97% isn’t making things up just to get the industry to like them. I’m not sure how your reviews are helpful to the 97% of us who adored Fred Rogers and his show growing up. You have to understand the man to understand the point of view.

    • *If you notice the date on this review, I saw it at TIFF before it even had a % on Rotten Tomatoes.
      And I wish A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood focused on Fred Rogers, told me what he was really about. Instead, it tells the audience about “that guy from Esquire”. I left the film knowing little more than before about Rogers (I watched him growing up too by the way, yet have not seen the doc). I agree, you have to understand the man to understand the point of view, but the film doesn’t give us that. I don’t really write the reviews to be helpful per say, I just have to give an honest account of my experience an view on the film. A film critic doesn’t just go around agreeing with what the masses dictate.

    • So I have no soul because I didn’t enjoy a film about an Esquire journalist with little no redeeming value played stoically by Matthew Rhys, whom I thought gave a forgettable performance? Let me ask you this, if you are a foreigner, who has never heard of Mister Rogers, and you go see this film because it’s getting good reviews. Do you understand who Mister Rogers is and what he is all about by the end?

    • How so? It’s called false advertising. The studio is pretending A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a “Mister Rogers” movie, when in fact, he has only about 20-25 minutes of screentime in the 2hr+ film. That’s my point.

      • Excuse me – third to last sentence. If you didn’t see the documentary, how could you level that this was a cash grab as a result of it?

        It’s ok, there are very few good writers doing copy these days, so no one else may notice. I read the whole thing; o gave you all the benefits of doubt until that sentence. Sometimes ending a piece is the hardest part. At least you were able to sell it.

        • Because I can read: I can look up how much the documentary made, track it’s award success, listen to all my colleagues who bragged on the doc, and understand that it was a hit that Sony wanted to profit from. There is nothing innately wrong with that, it just didn’t work they way they hoped it would.

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