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.
This visionary film fits perfectly on a double bill with this year's "The Truman Show," as both films deal with the vivid realities of a fictional world.
Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon, our heroes of "Pleasantville," find themselves trapped inside of a TV show, a universe etched out of a black-and-white existence. Witherspoon gets the bright idea of shaking up their newfound straight world, and as everyone in Pleasantville experiences great change in their lives, everything begins to turn color.
The film is clearly metaphorical, but even if you watch it without analyzing the clever asides, "Pleasantville" is still a rich, satisfying movie.
The entire cast excels, but Joan Allen is a standout. She's simply mesmerizing.
A masterpiece of the highest order.
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 movie has been on my "Must Watch" list for a little over a year and I'm so glad I finally got around to watching it. It was a quirky little film that made me laugh a lot but also made me think about things. I haven't read any reviews on it but I have a feeling not many people liked the whole "black and white to color" deal but I personally loved it. It added an extra layer to the film. Another thing that really stood out was the acting. The actors that came from within the Pleasantville universe did such a fantastic job of shifting from happy-go-lucky 50's characters to real people that live and breathe and feel emotions.
I honestly really enjoyed this film and I'm probably going to buy it because I feel like it'll look fantastic on blu-ray!
As excellent as this film is, it ultimately lacks the courage of its convitions and cops out. And, even if one is supposed to judge a movie for what it is and not what one would want it to be, somewhere there is an, admittedly dark, ending that makes this the perfect picture of humanity it ought to be
A cheese fest. Toby is hard to bare and the dialogue is awful. Was not diggin the theme, was not diggin the characters, not diggin much at all.
An original, ingenious, thought provoking, and hilarious dramedy of an absolutely brilliant concept.
This movie seemed like it wanted to say something and was heading toward it, and then forgot what it wanted to say and started to make another point, and then tried to go back to the first one, but then missed that and ended up somewhere else. Similar to this rambling review, the movie wanted to say something but just couldn't. Very strange, but still amusing.
This film is one that everyone needs to see. Its spectacular, just amazing. Nothing fancy, no dramatic cinematography, no outrageous score, just a wonderfully well written and produced movie. The story is beyond perfect. 1000% recommend.
Beautiful story + visually stunning. A masterpiece and an important message. I could go on but I don't think I could do a review to justify how brilliant this film is. A++
I could talk all night about all the wonderful themes and hidden meanings and not-so-hidden-meanings and the true depth of it all and... heck, just how pretty darn SWELL it is, but...
The film is just too darn pleasant to describe.
Just experience it.
And while you do, I'll hum a Cyndi Lauper song I just thought of.
*hums* "I see your truuue cooolors shiining through..."
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…