Mr. Steve Rogers passed in 2003, which is about as long ago as I can recall my own memories. Unfortunately, I knew nothing about the man other than that he was a nice guy who had a children's television show. Now I feel uncomfortable because I need a hug from Mr. Rogers and can't have one. What a guy, and what a documentary! Documentaries can tend to drag on, but director Morgan Neville kept the pace driving forward, without anything feeling rushed. If I hear of Morgan Neville putting together another documentary on any mildly interesting, you bet I will be in theaters the first week.
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Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, [link=nm0736872].
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Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family and colleagues, the life of this would-be pastor is explored as a man who found a more important calling to provide an oasis for children in a video sea of violent bombardment. That proved to be his landmark series, (1968), a show that could gently delve into important subjects no other children's show would have dared for that time. In doing so, Rogers experienced a career where his sweet-tempered idealism charmed and influenced the world whether it be scores of children on TV or recalcitrant authorities in government. However, that beloved personality also hid Rogers' deep self-doubts about himself and occasional misjudgments even as he proved a rock of understanding in times of tragedy for a world that did not always comprehend a man of such noble character.
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Charming and well-pacedReviewed byjackgdemossVote: 7/10
As a child of the 70s I watched my fair amount of public broadcasting system television. I looked forward to seeing this movie to reminisce of one of my favorite TV figures Mr. Rogers. This movie delves into the story behind the story of how this iconic show came about. It has some good footage of behind the scenes peek into the dynamics of the show. I think the show did well because it was a concept to a new format of entertainment- television. Unfortunately I think the movie goes to much into psychobabble and tries to explain more in depth of why the show worked. Trying to cast a light that it was a complex thought out process instead of a man simply trying to connect with children in the modern world. Repetitive at times the movie can seem long and verbose.
Regardless of my criticism, it felt like I was visiting an old friend. Glad the movie was made and for a moment reminisce of a simpler time.
It's incredible to think that "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was broadcast to family television sets for three decades. Multiple generations of children were charmed by Fred Rogers' leisurely musical demeanor, abounding love and positivity and belief in the power of make-believe. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" celebrates Rogers' life, career and moral framework in an extremely moving way while tapping into some of the foundational ideas of child development.
The documentary style is one known for pulling back the curtain on people or issues and revealing new truths. But with Rogers, what you see is what you get. He grew up in a well-to-do home and was on the path to becoming a minister when he saw the power of television as an educational tool before most anyone else. The way he "preached" through the TV show was the way he lived, pure and simple - the film just proves it.
To the naked eye, Rogers living his values doesn't seem all that remarkable or documentary-worthy, but the film touches on the backlash among more conservative-minded and intolerant individuals, in addition to wide public speculation into Rogers' sexuality. There's a psychological phenomenon that all this highlights - our unflattering tendency as humans to doubt and look for scuff marks on public figures who present as infallible. This is far from the film's central purpose, however, and director Morgan Neville ("20 Feet from Stardom") only gives this notion brief exposure.
Neville is instead more interested in conveying the essence of Rogers and his belief system, including where it came from and what it meant to him. The more intellectual meat of Rogers' story presents itself in compelling ways, but then Neville often quickly veers to something else. "Neighbor" glides just below the surface taking fewer deep dives into larger questions, keeping the focus on Fred and the show.
And Neville does so with grace and aplomb. He weaves together clips from the show, interview footage, behind-the-scenes footage, footage of Rogers in the "real world" and present-day interviews, most of which is set to classic "Mister Rogers" piano music. The clips from the show are thoughtfully selected and poignant. They are given to us as gifts, presented without interruption in some instances, so the emotion can just wash over us. They are also teed up with context, so we understand the intention Rogers truly put into every part of the show.
Fairly early on, one of the interviewees poses the question of whether America has learned anything from Rogers. It's difficult to believe that with the platform he had for 33 years that he didn't leave the world full of more compassionate, kind and emotionally well-regulated people than when he started, but much of the experience of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is recognizing ways in which our world hasn't changed and how Rogers' ethos is needed more than ever. He would be heartbroken over the divisiveness of today's partisan culture. That said, he'd also be blown away by how his ethos has been foundational to the worldview of liberalism, which is rooted in Rogers' core belief, that there is good inside of everyone that deserves to be nurtured and loved.
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