Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Nothing is as simple as black and white.
Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts Pleasantville's peaceful but boring routine, she literally brings color into its life.
This is a very strange and silly film which turns into a very interesting and thought provoking film.
A brother and sister are transported from modern day (well 1998) in a black and white TV show called Pleasantville.
Whilst everyone's life is idyllic and nothing out of the ordinary happens, their presence causes people to act out and become 'colour'.
This then becomes a not too dissimilar to the American 50's and signs such as 'no colours' are put up and books burnt.
Very underrated and deserves a watch.
This movie is genius beyond words. I wish more people cared about it. It's funny, but it also deals with important themes such as racism and the great social movement of the 60s, but presented through the change television made during that time. The script is impeccable and every scene builds off of the last one.
It's the ineffably sweet moments of Pleasantville and the truth that it contains that ultimately wins us over, rather than enjoyment of the film as a whole. That's not to say that writer/director Gary Ross' modern day parable isn't a success, it's just that on occasion it is the tenderness and surprisingly strong social message/commentary that makes it more than the sum of its parts.
Opening in late 90s America (which to some extent now looks far cornier and dated than the fantastical 50s scenes do!) warring teen siblings Toby Maguire and Reece Witherspoon squabble over the TV remote, only to find themselves zapped into the black and white world of Maguire's favourite TV rerun; a quaint little sitcom of…
When Pleasantville was released in 1999 I thought it looked like a gimmick film; a sort of Back To The Future, Peggy Sue Got Married kind of thing; and while those films were still fresh in my mind, I decided to bypass this film.
I’m here to tell ya, this is much more than a gimmick film, even though the gimmick here is wonderfully executed, the film shows surprising depth in its portrayal of an idyllic 50’s world that begins to fray around the edges when two teens from the “present” are transported there.
For anyone who lived through the idealized TV world of the late 50’s and early 60’s (The Donna Reed Show, Father Knows Best, etc.) the simple…
April 1st was fun, wasn't it?
You Don't Mess With the Zohan is a fucking awful movie, by the way.
Onto the business:
Pleasantville is a film with deeper meanings that makes you think, and the more you think, the more you'll be satisfied.
Pleasantville stars Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon as two siblings, far apart in popularity at school and the total opposite of each other in many aspects, whose plans complicate one another, Maguire's being to watch a marathon of the classic show "Pleasantville", Witherspoon's being watching an MTV concert with her date, who is a dick.
When both argue over who should assume control of the television, the remote breaks. But never fear, DON KNOTTS IS HERE.…
This is a really cool film to watch from a visual point of view. The slow change from black and white to colour is pretty stunning really, and I'm not overselling it.
The contents of the film were fun too. The themes of emotion and individuality are believable beyond the fantastical universe. The racial theme is thought provoking too, and the scene in the court is just brilliant.
The brunt of the humour comes from the reaction to the change in the 'Pleasantville' script. The way the TV show characters react to the real world characters and change is often hilarious and brilliantly sold by the actors.
"What happened? One minute, everything's fine... What went wrong?"
"Nothing went wrong. People change."
"Yeah, people change."
"Can they change back?"
"I don't know. I think it's harder."
(George Parker and David/"Bud Parker")
I have seen this first movie by "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross at least three times now, more likely four or five times. It's one of these movies that I've only really seen on purpose the first time I saw it, and that have grown on me with every viewing. The second-last time I saw it, I still found it to be merely a quite enjoyable movie, the last time around I suddenly found myself finding it nearly perfect.
Future Spider Man Tobey Maguire…
Forgotten how much that I liked this movie.
it was directed by Gary Ross. Director of the first Hunger Games movie.
Tobey and Reese were great in this as brother and sister.
I totally forgot the late Paul Walker is in this.
Can Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire please be twins in real life? Thanks.
I know absolutely nothing about editing, but I have to assume that this whole "half color half black and white" thing must've been living hell for some guys locked up in a studio somewhere. Definitely worth it, though. The vibrance of increasing colors is half the charm of the film.
The town of Pleasantville is named pretty ironically. When twin teens David and Jennifer arrive at the black and white place inside their TV, it takes about thirty seconds before they start to see just how in the clouds everyone is. They know what they know and the concept of learning something different or new never presented…
I think it started to run out of steam towards the end, but all in all, a surprisingly sharp and thought-provoking film.
The film starts out like a typical fish-out-of-water tale, but "Pleasantville" quickly changes this to make an interesting story with a great performance by Tobey Maguire and a thought provoking message as to how traditional values can hinder societal progression.
I was "pleasantly" surprised by this *wink, wink*. This is like a kids version of No Country for Old Men- an ideal and firmly established society undergoing drastic and radical changes. I found using the TV sitcom as a plot device was very creative , because it further amplifies the film's point on uniformity and routiness and what people literally "escape to" when thinking of Utopian societies. The very setting of Pleasantville is manipulated and conformed, and is a stereotypical viewpoint of what the 50's was like and what sitcom TV is now- and how the very characters within these settings have no real sense of identity. There are also references to Catcher in the Rye which it borrows a lot from, as well as The Giver (THE BOOK!). Good job, Mr. Ross.
I always enjoy this and I've seen it so many times! So well written and directed, and the special effects really are special; watching the characters transform is a wonderful thing!
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