Pleasantville (1998) – Encore Review


“I’m getting a little concerned about what I’m seeing on some of these reruns. ” – TV Repairman

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’98, cable, DVD, 28 Apr 2015 and 4 Feb 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A sister and brothers are transported in the world of a black and white TV show but when the characters inhabiting this world begin to express emotions, things become much more colorful for everyone.

My Take on it – Spectacular film that is able to take such a simple concept and visualize it.

The special effects in this film are amazing and allow us to believe the mixtures of colors and black and white all too well.

The way that these characters begin to learn about the real world is so interesting to watch especially given the way that they present things.

The way that different characters deal with these new changes is quite eye opening to watch because we can see the various extreme measures that some might go to back solely on their ill conceived perspectives and opinion son things.

The story uses colors as a metaphor for racial tensions and it works so well in showing how thee kind of things can affect people in so very different ways.

The cast s superb with Tobey Maguire, Reese Withersppon, Paul Walker, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen William H. Macy, J.T. Walsh and Don Knots all adding so much to this concept.

They do an amazing job parodying life in TV shows and movies form the 50’s and 60’s and show how these characters can possibly break free when they gain new knowledge about the real world around them.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  When Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) enters Pleasantville, she becomes a character named Mary-Sue. “Mary-Sue” is a term that originated in fan fiction to describe a character who comes into the character’s lives and completely solves all of their problems. It is also a fan-fiction term for an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character, a young or low-rank person who saves the day through unrealistic abilities. Often, this character is recognized as an author insert or wish-fulfillment.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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