Film Review Podcast: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Posted: June 24th, 2018 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is an adulatory documentary about Fred Rogers, a surprisingly controversial TV star.

His long running children’s show on public television, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” was mostly revered, but also reviled by some.

He was obviously a decent man, well intentioned, worthy of high esteem.

He was generally well loved, though, I’m advised there are children now adults, who would have been his target audience in the 60s and 70s, who were put off by his manner.

Frankly, his career and show passed me by, given my age and that I had no children who would have been around during his heyday. So, I found this movie quite illuminating, and certainly touching at times.

I also consider it hagiography. The film touches on a couple of issues, Rogers’ beliefs, which might, if fully explored, have tempered somewhat his almost saint-like reputation.

The filmmakers instead decided to display almost abject adulation. Which may be deserved, but maybe not.

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