A Beautiful Day
SOMETIMES, THE BEST WAY to tell one story is by telling a different story. That’s what happens in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
In 1998, the editor of Esquire asked a particularly cynical reporter to do a short piece on Fred Rogers, aka “Mr. Rogers” for a segment on heroes. The interviews with Mr. Rogers changed the writer. The short piece changed into a full-length cover story and one of the most popular magazine pieces of the year (https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a27134/can-you-say-hero-esq1198/).
but there are special people–the other saints–who spread kindness with the kind of unrelenting constancy that turns rocky shorelines into beaches.
Tom Hanks “became” Fred Rogers, and Jonathan Rhys (from The Americans) killed it playing Lloyd Vogel, the angry, edgy journalist.
This movie made me want a “do-over” of at least a decade in my life. A lot of people are kind, but there are special people–the other saints–who spread kindness with the same unrelenting constancy that, a day at a time, turns rocky shorelines into soft beaches.
The movie is hope-giving and restorative at an important time in history. See the film and have a beautiful day.