Movie Review: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’
Fred Rogers told us he liked us just the way we are, and he didn't shy away from any topics of the day.
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was a staple show in many homes, and even some schools made it part of the daily curriculum.
There was something unique about this sweater wearing, puppet playing, song singing neighbor.
The way he tackled topics, the way he engaged children through television, and even addressed the political arenas.
I had watched the show growing up, read a couple of Fred's books, and was always amazed by his ability to make everyone feel like everything was going to be alright.
In the new movie Won't You Be My Neighbor we see the many sides of Fred, including his sense of humor, and social responsibility.
He always seemed to find just the right words, but was willing to back it up with putting action behind his beliefs.
Won't You Be My Neighbor gives us a look into what made our fish feeding friend tick, and what really ticked him off.
We get a behind the scenes look from the Neighborhood cast and camera crew, Rogers family members, and the kids whose lives he impacted.
Rogers shows us a unique way of communicating with a calm voice, but not a weak one by any means.
It would be easy to write him off as a soft spoken, silly sweater wearing guy, but he was thunderously meek.
Blessed are the meek.
Thanks Mr. Rogers for blessing us in such an original, beautiful, powerful way.
I'm somewhat of a movie junkie, watching at least two to three movies every week.
I can easily say I don't remember the last time I loved a movie as much as Won't You Be My Neighbor.
I highly recommend it to you, to kids, and to the kid inside all of us that could use another trolley ride.
I wrote this poem below last year called Feed Fred's Fish with a shout out to my childhood hero Mr. Rogers.