A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is being marketed primarily on the strength of the cultural similarity between Mr. Rogers, America’s most wholesome neighbor, and Tom Hanks, the lovable actor sometimes called “America’s dad.” It’s a good casting choice, but it might mislead viewers into thinking that Hanks will be as much at the center of the film as he is in Cast Away or Forrest Gump.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Tallon on his online-exclusive film review “The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood“.
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