While Tom Hanks’ new movie releasing this weekend is more than likely to take a backseat to the newest Disney film, “Frozen II,” it should fare well with local audiences.
Hanks portrays local and national legend Fred Rogers from the hit PBS television series in the film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
Rotten Tomatoes said the film is a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Hanks, “Forrest Gump” and “Castaway”) and journalist Tom Junod.
After a jaded magazine writer Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys, “The Post” and “The Americans”) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.
According to IMDb trivia, producers for the film said contrary to early belief, the film is not a biopic of Fred Rogers. Rather, it centers around journalist Tom Junod and his experience interviewing Rogers, and the impact it had on him.
Other actors in the film include: Susan Kelechi Watson (“This is Us” and “The Blacklist”) as Andrea Vogel, Chris Cooper (“Adaptation.” and “American Beauty”) as Jerry Vogel and Maryann Plunkett (“Blue Valentine” and “Center Stage”) as Joanne Rogers.
The film has scored a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ tomatometer.
“Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, ‘A Beautiful Day’ in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding,” said the website’s critics’ consensus.
Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding.
Directed by Marielle Heller, the film is rated PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language.
Other films coming to theaters this weekend include:
n “Frozen II,” directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood. Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen II,” she must hope they are enough.
The film is rated PG for action/peril and some thematic elements.
n “21 Bridges,” directed by Brian Kirk and starring Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James and Keith David. The film follows an embattled NYPD detective who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy.
The film is rated R for violence and language throughout.
The synopsis from each movie is taken from rottentomatoes.com.