Tom Hanks Warms Hearts as Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

His legacy of creativity and kindness will last for years to come. Now, fans can get another version of Mr. Rogers’ story, thanks to Sony’s recently released film, directed by Marielle Heller. Here are a few fan reactions to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the movie starring Tom Hanks.

Marielle Heller and Tom Hanks attends"A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" New York screening
Marielle Heller and Tom Hanks attends”A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” New York screening | Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ premiered in theaters on Nov. 22, 2019

Everyone wants to be Mr. Rogers’ neighbor. As the host of the award-winning television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, this actor proved, on and off the screen, that kindness is one of the keys to success. One recently released movie detailed the life of Fred Rogers, through the eyes of journalist Lloyd Vogel.

According to Forbes, “Sony’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood earned $4.545 million on its first day, including $900,000 in Thursday previews. That positions Marielle Heller’s terrific drama, starring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, for a $14 million opening weekend.” This barely scratches the surface of Frozen 2’s box office sales, now at a projected $120 for its opening weekend. Still, fans shared their love for this recently released film and its cast.

Fans on social media shared their love for ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

Once A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood premiered, viewers took to Twitter, sharing their reviews for this film. The response, both from critics and from fans, has been predominantly positive. Some commended director Marielle Heller on her authenticity and attention to detail. Others shared their love for the heartwarming story.

“Lovely film. Probably the best possible way a film about Mister Rogers could be told. Marielle Heller makes some really creative choices that set it apart from the traditional biopic. [The] best supporting actor nomination for Tom Hanks would be well-deserved. Really captured the man,” said one Twitter user.

American television personality Fred Rogers, of the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
American television personality Fred Rogers, of the television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood | Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images

Primarily, fans tweeted their love for Tom Hanks, who portrays Fred Rogers

One of the main characters of the film is Fred Rogers, the host of the beloved children’s series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Who better to play this character than Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan, and The Polar Express actor, Tom Hanks. Some viewers shared their support for this actor on social media.

“At a time when decency and kindness seem to be in woefully short supply and crankiness seems to prevail, here come Fred Rogers and Tom Hanks who remind us that we are better than this and not a moment too soon,” said one Twitter user.

“Just seeing the previews for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” gives me chills. Tom Hanks,] being a 1980’s baby, I grew up with Mr. Rogers. You, sir, are the perfect embodiment of his character. You continue to amaze me with your talent. Much love and respect,” wrote another Twitter user.

Matthew Rhys portrays a cynical journalist, who befriends Mr. Rogers while investigating the celebrity. Other notable cast members include Chris Cooper as Jerry Vogel, Susan Kelechi Watson as Andrea Vogel, and Maryann Plunkett as Joanne Rogers.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is now playing in theaters.