“Love is at the root of everything – all learning, all relationships. Love or the lack of it.” – Mister Fred Rogers
Love is at the root of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and the only thing it’s lacking is a free box of tissues before you enter the theater.
For years, families let Mister Rogers into their homes through their televisions screens, allowing him to teach their children important lessons and the power of simply being themselves. We all know the man on the screen but who was the real Mister Rogers? This film gives audiences a deeper understanding about the beloved TV pioneer and re-emphasizes his philosophies of love and kindness.
Honestly, I was crying from the moment this movie started until the very end. The messages he would teach, the sound of his voice and warmth he brought to my house as a child all came flooding back. My mom and I have always said “143” (I love you) to each other, which I took from his show when I was little.
This documentary talks to several of Mister Rogers friends, family, cast, and crew, where they tell stories about the man behind the puppets and colorful sweaters. He was sensitive and loving and truly cared about each and every child. He saw a need in this world for a platform to spread love and he did just that. All of the people who they interviewed couldn’t help but gush about the true person Mister Rogers was.
My favorite quote in the film is as follows… “You don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you.”
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is radient, timeless and a perfect film to break-up the summer block busters. Grab some tissues, and someone you love, and go see this film today!
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