I sat down at the table in the movie theater with anticipation to finally see one of the most talked about Documentaries of the year.
Yes, a table. This is at Enzian, one of those Cinema Restaurant hybrids. The theater industry calls them fork and screens.
My girlfriend and I sat at a four seater while a rather big guy with face piercings enters with his much better half and asks if they can sit with us…… what would Mr. Rogers do?
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? tells the surprisingly rich story of Fred McFeely Rogers and the legacy of his television show, Mister Rogers Neighborhood.
Because of the reach of the children’s show, which ran from 1968 to 2001, this is a documentary that responds to many generations in different ways.
Some may remember watching the show as a child, which raises the well mannered and melodic speaking Fred Rogers up to father figure status. Some may be parents who were more than happy to pass this wholesome programming down to children of their own. Others, myself being one of them, had a peripheral understanding of his life’s work and what it meant to people.
That being said, this Documentary has something for everyone. If you do not know much about Fred Rogers, his beliefs and cultural significance, well you should…. we all should.
If you are a huge fan of Fred Rogers, I can guarantee you will learn something new about the man.
Morgan Neville, the director of the film, recalls watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood when it began.
Fred captured his attention when Neville was only three years old, he earned it again posthumously in 2016 when the idea for the Documentary came to him.
Morgan Neville has produced and directed many other documentaries prior to this, the majority being about famous musicians.
Enter Yo-Yo Ma. Neville knew the famous Cellist from probing the music scene, he remembered how Yo-Yo Ma appeared on the Mr. Rogers program and had the most amusing stories about him.
This good friend, and many others, confirmed to Neville that there was a story here, one he was meant to tell.