Not Just Any Biopic – A Mister Rogers Biopic
This film did quite the opposite. It wholly captured the essence of Fred Rogers, while not really focusing on specific dates and events. In fact, Mister Rogers is not even the main subject of the film and by a quick ‘google search’ I learned that many of the details in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood were not accurate. This would make any moviegoer cry foul! Right? It shouldn’t. It’s near impossible to capture a lifetime of achievements by an accomplished individual in 2 hours. Even mentioning this brings back the childhood nightmare of watching Jesus of Nazareth in my basement every Easter, that movie has a 6-hour 21-minute runtime. The details of the Mister Rogers biopic carefully added or taken away, further illustrated more concisely Rogers’ essence and core message.
The film feels like a dream. If you remember the show, it had a similar effect. Particularly when Rogers would go to “The Neighborhood of Make-Believe.” The movie fluctuates from very real detailed scenes to ones that seem like a figment of the main character ‘Lloyd’s, imagination. And isn’t that sort of how our memories feel? A set of erroneous details, lucidly pieced together.