Sunday, September 30, 2018

Review Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)


The world is in need of some genuine kindness, we are in need of Fred Rogers.

For a while now I’ve been trying to get into more documentary films, since I often overlooked a lof them. So, I decided to start with one that has been talked about a lot last summer, that is the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”.

I really don’t know how to review documentaries, but let me just say this : this is the most moving film I’ve seen this year. It’s true what some film experts say of how documentaries is the only way to achieve true genuine emotions, because reality will always hits harder than fiction. Despite the countless messages of spreading kindness movies often potrays, there’s nothing more eye opening than knowing that real kindness exists in our world. That a man, can truly personified the essence of what makes life worth living. Fred Rogers reminds us that, like children, all that we need is to be reminded that we are worthy of being loved, and are capable of doing good. We matter as an individual. Hearing that in these heartless times, really struck a cord in me. There’s a sequence in the documentary where they let the audience take a moment to reflect, and boy oh boy, was that an emotional experience to me.

I’ve discovered that the initial goal of this documentary is to dissect the flaws that Fred Rogers may have off screen, yet somehow the filmmakers can’t find a single dirt on the guy. So what they did instead is just to honor his message. Which makes for a refreshing take on the already overdone biopic documentaries. I really wish more documentarian would strive closer to this sort of goal. To capture the legacy of an often overlooked figure.

This is a messy review, I know. Hopefully more documentary reviews will follow in a more structured and cohesive matter. Until then, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” remains as one of my favorite documentaries of all time and is definitely the most emotional film going experience I’ve had this year.

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