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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…
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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.
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!
Gary Ross puts a whole hell of a lotta heart into this project and it does show. Its themes get a bit muddled halfway through and it doesn't hit the elephant in the room issue of race hard enough for me. Also the beginning is pretty shaky with an awkwardly paced setup, and after everything I've seen Reese Witherspoon in, I can't help but feel she was miscast here as. Especially after Election, I cannot imagine her as a bratty teenager. I'm a little bummed that they didn't give William H. Macy a lot to do here, but still Pleasantville has some strong themes with strong execution.
Vista 15 años después!
Muchas analogías se hicieron de esta película cuando estuvo de moda por allá a finales de los 90s. Desde decir que se trata de una metáfora obvia sobre la condición machista, hasta una clara alegoría del racismo en los años 50s.
La verdad es que todo lo que se pueda decir termina siendo acertado en este amalgama cursi y bella ópera prima de Gary Ross (quien solo ha rodado 3 largos).
En todo caso, "Pleasantville" es ese conservado lugar donde la rutina es ley y no hay cabida para que ningún elemento externo enturbie el hábito continuista. Aquí es donde la película cobra su mayor sentido, convirtiéndose en una pequeña poesía acerca de la lucha contra…
It's too long and I wish the hokiness of the Don Knott's character had been less annoying but otherwise this is an almost perfect film. Clever concept and brilliant execution with winning performances all round and more layers to it than an onion. Towards the end it was reminding of things as diverse as To Kill A Mockingbird and Douglas Sirk movies.
David and Jennifer, brother and sister from the 1990s are sucked into their television set and find themselves trapped in a 1950s style television show. Old fashioned values, loving parents, and an overwhelming amount of innocence is displayed around them. Also, once they are sucked in the teens turn black and white. As their innocence fades, the two teens begin to change the episodes as their 90’s outlook reflect on characters, causing people to change into color.
Pleasantville is a unique concept taking current morals and throwing them back into the 1950’s. It’s a movie where sometimes, old fashion values are needed in order to find one self but at the same time, new perspectives and beliefs are not that bad either. It’s a great movie containing different characters as they all search for themselves.
Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon star in this movie as brother and sister.
Overall Rating: B+
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