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…
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.
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…
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.
Surprisingly scathing critique of anti-intellectialism/nostalgia with a wonderful cast and a very funny script.
The movie might be a little too on the nose with its central metaphor - stop seeing the world in black and white, color makes life beautiful, ya da ya da ya da. But despite that, this movie is charming and funny. And it manages to still be innovative, intelligent, and moving even with its not-too-subtle allegorical images.
An interesting take on the late 1950's. One of those movies I'm somewhat afraid to watch in case it turns out to be not as brilliant as I thought. It's unfortunate that I chose films with such lazy symbolism because I think possibly they atrophy your brain. I see other reviews on here and feel like I should have gone to film school just to have something interesting to say. But art movies just were not available where I lived. Now, I feel unwilling to watch more difficult films. I'm like, 'No, that's my escape; don't make me think!' But I am determined to make an effort before age robs me of any intelligence I have left.
This is such a little gem of a film. It isn't complicated, it isn't a tear jerker, and it's nostalgic. The film starts off in a very typical fashion but weaves its way through to being something completely original and lasting.
Film is beautiful
fable with great actors but
blunt like TV show.
The color/black-and-white conceit was used to excellent effect, conspiring with the excellent screenplay to provide a thorough reflection on the nature of self-discovery and prejudice.
This has a fun concept and a lot of beautiful scenes in it, but it eventually tries to bite off more than it can chew when it starts throwing book burnings and "no colored" signs into the mix. It's a charming, fragile little movie and rather slight on substance and it should have kept itself that way. Somehow the attempts at social commentary LESSENED its depth. If they'd chopped some of the heavy-handedness out of it and cut the movie down by like 15 minutes it probably would have been better for it. Ah well. I was still quite charmed by it and a lot of the scenes with Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen in particular were lovely. I don't really know what the hell was going on with the ending, though.
I have to say that this film definitely impressed me on both an emotional and technological level. Authentic, profound in a relatively simplistic film.
Watched this for a class and was completely surprised by it. It feels like a gem that has been lost. It is a very beautiful film with a strong message that at times made my eyes water. It is creative, sometimes silly at times but its the type of movie that might have been ahead of its time which sounds weird since it was only made about 17 years ago. I also think its visual style can be appreciated even more now. This film deserves to be loved.
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