I always thought that this movie was a biopic about the life of Mr. Rogers and his claim to fame all those years. Well, it wasn’t a biopic drama, it was a documentary, and it was a boring one at that. I don’t watch a whole lot of documentaries, but ones I’ve seen in the past are typically boring to me (*cough cough* Som on Netflix!). And since I don’t watch that many documentaries (have we even watched one for the website yet???) I really don’t know what to say in a review of it. I can’t comment on acting or filmography or plot. The only thing I can honestly talk about is the splicing together of different films from the past, and it was typical. It felt just like one of those 1 hour specials on a Saturday night i.e. Dateline and 24 hours. Won’t You Be My Neighbor didn’t have anything special about it to set it apart from a normal documentary.
As for the content of the film, I was truly inspired by Mr. Rogers. All the shit he had to put up with just to related to children and keep them informed. Now, I didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers, but I grew up with the knowledge of him and vaguely remember certain aspects of the few shows I watched. The only thing I can honestly say I remember is the trolley and the intro song (and even that is vague). I didn’t know he spoke of adult issues like assassinations, and death, and war, to inform the little people of the United States. It truly is amazing that he did all that, all while under so much scrutiny.
As far as the content and growth that Mr. Rogers had in the country, this documentary really showed all that. But as far as something that was enjoyable to watch, this documentary is not one that I would choose to watch again. And in all honesty, I probably wouldn’t even recommend it. I’m truly sad that this wasn’t a dramatic biopic about the man’s life. I remember I was in middle school when he passed away, and all my school mates talked about their memories of him. I’m sad say I didn’t have any memories of him, but am glad to know today the impact he had on children’s lives for decades. (2/5).
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