The existential heft of A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood

There’s a moment in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” where Lloyd Vogel, the fictional counterpart of one Tom Junod played by Matthew Rhys, addresses an audience of fellow journalists and admits to them that he writes for magazines because doing anything else doesn’t feel like living properly.

Writing reviews of movies in the blur of a festival can feel strange. There are so many options sharing endless opinions, overflowing with quotes and dissections and predictions and disappointment and sometimes just pleasant dismissal. It can feel trivial to keep writing them—why does the world need one more? Why should I be the one to say something that any other human being in the world would choose to listen to? Will these words affect their life in any way and what do these words have to say about mine?

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