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.…
I really did love this film. It was something that I had wanted to watch for a while. The thing that caught my interest was how it changed colors as the film went on. It starts in the modern coloring, followed by black and white and then slowly technicolor. The film really is a marvel in how it changes only certain parts of all shots. Anyway it is wildly imaginative where two modern kids are teleported into the TV Dimension of an idyllic 1950s Utopia. As time goes on the change things, and then color comes when things change. This causes some weird racism late into the 2nd half of the 2nd hour. I thought that the first hour was…
Jennifer: I did the slut thing, David. It got kinda old.
Nota = 7
What starts as an interesting if contrived adventure romp grows into a heartfelt social satire. A tiny gem, mistakenly forgotten.
I watched Pleasantville on film class, and I have to say it was absolutely amazing. Why have I never heard of this? It was humorous and silly, but also at times extremely oppressive. At first it seemed silly, I mean, two teenagers getting sucked into a TV-show, come on now! But to my surprise it worked really well. I like that it is a kind of a teen movie.
The characters were diverse, even the stereotypical teenage girl Jennifer, and the character development was astonishing. In the end, no one was the same person that they were in the beginning of the movie.
Of course there were some flaws, mostly I thought that the old guys long raging scene was…
This was definitely an odd movie, but I really enjoyed it. Some things about it weren't all that great, but overall it was a good movie.
I hesitated about how many stars to give this film. It's a film that celebrates life's pleasures and tones. The simple conceit of gradually colouring in little details succeeds in making the mundane shine. It features an amazing performance by Joan Allen. She is so still throughout the film that you believe her portrait could have been painted overnight but she is suffused intensity of deep feelings behind a lifetime of naivety and reserve. There is something very seductive about this much sentimental attachment to life's ephemeral pleasures and so much time taken on the place and power of art. On the other hand, the frame tale of '90's adolescent nostalgia is silly. The attempts at comedy are silly.
"I'll bet they don't know how lucky they are…"
I honestly didn't expect to love this as much as I do. It's a small work of visionary storytelling with an ingenious approach to colour as a tool within its narrative. Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen and William H Macy are all terrific, and the film knows just when it should be concerned with logic and when it should be concerned with emotion.
It's true that not everything makes sense and there's a fair number of head-scratching moments, but it works as a way of pulling you into a disorienting monochrome world. And the film then uses this lack of colour as a way to express the pitfalls…
[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…