Review: Won't You Be My Neighbor? Print E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2018 16:18


Rating:  No Zs
By:  Amy Elizondo
Summary:  This documentary showcases Fred Rogers’ life’s work on the childhood classic, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
The Good:  Many people have probably wondered if Fred Rogers was, in real life, the way he portrayed himself in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.  Won't You Be My Neighbor proves he was that and much, much more.  From his humble beginnings and throughout his entire life, Fred Rogers cared about everyone, especially children.  It is apparent through the documentary that he lived for the children and wanted them to know they were special and loved.  He knew that television was a medium that could benefit children greatly if used properly.  One of the best things about Won't You Be My Neighbor is that it gives audiences a peek behind the camera.  Through interviews of his close friends and family, and some interviews of Mr. Rogers himself, we can see the type of person that he really was.  He was someone who was an advocate for children.
The Bad:  There really isn’t a bad thing to say about this film.  Clocking in at 94 minutes, I do wish the documentary had been longer.  I could have easily sat through at least another half hour of Mr. Rogers’ life and stories.  
The Ugly:  Anyone who grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and even those who didn’t, can find Won't You Be My Neighbor to be a pleasant delight.  We can see how much Mr. Rogers wanted to teach children about every day things in life, and there are still many lessons to be taught today.  His legacy lives on and shows that we could all use a neighbor like him.


Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping



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