The trailer for “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” was released yesterday and why has it hit me in the emotional gut like a ton of bricks? Because I’ve never cried over a movie trailer before.
Maybe it’s because the movie revolves around Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the long-running PBS children’s show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”. Or maybe it’s because the movie is about a skeptic who ends up seeing things more clearly as a result of his time spent interviewing Mr. Rogers? Or maybe it’s because my favorite actor Tom Hanks stars in the movie as Mr. Rogers and absolutely nails it? Maybe it’s all three and more. I don’t know. All I know is that I can’t get enough of the trailer and I have never anticipated a movie so much in my life.
The next four months are going to seem like an eternity!
It’s been twenty-five years since Tom Hanks forever ran into our hearts as Forrest Gump, the lovable simpleton from Greenbow, Alabama.
My first memories of “Forrest Gump” came from the numerous billboards I would see as I traveled to and from work. “Gump Happens” and “Hanks Is Gump” they read.
I know it’s a movie starring Tom Hanks, I thought. But what the hell is Gump?
I was on vacation in Florida when the movie was released and I saw clips of the film on the TV in my hotel room. Everyone was talking about it. When I saw a trailer depicting the scene where Forrest visits the White House and shows LBJ where he got shot, I knew I had to see the remainder of the film.
I had been a big Tom Hanks fan before “Forrest Gump” but his role as Forrest made me a fan for life. To date Forrest Gump is my favorite Tom Hanks’ character. Twenty-five years later this movie still resonates with me. It’s easy to remember all the scenes. All the supporting characters such as Lt. Dan, Bubba and of course, Jenny. And the quotes are something to live by.
Here’s to another twenty-five years of “Forrest Gump”.