Tom Hanks is referred to as “America’s Dad” because he’s an American legend and he has a career that spans over three decades to prove he’s amongst the best people that Hollywood has ever produced.
The only person that American audiences could possibly consider to be more likable and personable right now is Keanu Reeves, which is a little ironic because they both starred in “Toy Story 4” this year.
And the first reactions for Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in the upcoming “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” are in and it just makes 2019 way more complicated.
Suffice it to say; at the end of the day, 2019 might turn out to be one of the best years in the entire history of film. 1939 had “Gone With the Wind,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Of Mice and Men,” “The Wizard of OZ,” “Stagecoach” and “Wuthering Heights.” 1976 had “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Barry Lyndon,” A Dog Day Afternoon,” “Nashville” and “Jaws.” 1994 had “Pulp Fiction,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Quiz Show.”
There have been a lot of years with strict competition but 2019 is already shaping up to blow every other year straight out of the water.
In 2019 we have already had “Midsommar,” “Avengers: Endgame” and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood“ as really strong contenders, but right around the corner we have “Joker,” “Marriage Story,” “Little Women,” “The Two Popes,” “The Irishman,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Bombshell” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
Leonardo DiCaprio is probably the front runner for Best Actor of those movies that haven’t come out so far, but everyone is raving about Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in “Joker” and now that Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival; Hanks apparently knocks it so far out of the park that they think this might be his best performance of all time.
What is Tom Hanks’ best performance so far? How about “Cast Away,” “Forrest Gump” or “Saving Private Ryan?” Don’t forget about “Philadelphia.” But what about his more understated/underrated performances like “Big,” “A League of Their Own,” or “Road to Perdition?”
There are so many but apparently “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is his best.
Here are some of the reactions just after the film premiered.
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD was…absolutely perfect.
Tom Hanks gives — seriously — one of the best performances of his entire career.
This isn’t just a movie we need right now — it’s a movie we will need forever.
Bring the tissues — you’ll need the entire box. pic.twitter.com/nLBKpjaXmZ
— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) September 8, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood is a simplistic, timeless story about uplifting those in need. So well-paced and full of humor and heart. Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys also absolutely deserve Best Actor/Supporting Actor noms when the time comes
— . (@616KL) September 8, 2019
‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’ @TIFF_NET was amazing. It reminded me of the simplicity of being present & making sure the person I’m with knows there is no place else I’d rather be. Tom Hanks & cast are 💪! #MrRogers #TIFF2019 pic.twitter.com/beKaoF5qro
— Carolyn Ray (@thecarolynray) September 8, 2019
A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood will be too sweet for some but surrender yourself and it’s a gentle self-therapy session and communal appreciation of kindness. #tiff
— Jane Crowther (@totalfilm_jane) September 8, 2019
Tom Hanks is a top tier actor and he’s coming for that Oscar in his new movie. A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood.
— Gaming Arrow (@EdgyGreenArrow) September 7, 2019
Steve Pond of The Wrap wrote, “Suffice it to say that tears were flowing onscreen and off at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Maybe Mr. Rogers will be too soft for some moviegoers, but the box office success of the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” suggests that Sony could have a solid player in this lovely valentine to kindness at a time when that virtue is in desperately short supply around the world.”
Yes, these are the first reviews but who doesn’t love Tom Hanks?
Also, who thinks Tom Hanks isn’t going to absolutely do Mr. Fred Rogers justice?