Unlike Lloyd, Heller and Hanks do not set out to ruin anyone's childhoods by presenting a Mister Rogers that somehow deviates from the paragon of kindness embedded in cultural memory, but they are careful not to deify him either. His greatest strength, they argue in tandem, is his ability to address his emotions and work hard on dealing with them.
It takes a little time to get used to Hanks as Rogers, the mix of the two familiars combining into something that feels askew. But once you settle into its rhythm, you realize the difficulty level Hanks is operating on, attempting to do something that's neither parody nor impersonation. Instead, he treats Fred Rogers as just another man, an uncommonly good one, but one who grapples with the same anger everyone else does. Rhys brings the tightly wound energy that sustained his work on The Americans to Lloyd, a man who learns to be vulnerable.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will not be to everyone's liking. There will likely be people who complain that it doesn't spend enough time with Rogers and that, in staying with Lloyd, it loses sight of who the more interesting character is. But it's ultimately a greater gift to Rogers' legacy than just another retelling of his life. It's a reminder that the reason Mister Rogers was so good was that he gave his time to others, and it's a chance to let the spirit of his words spread just a little more.