Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Pleasantville (1998)

Director:Gary Ross
Stars:Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen

"Two 1990's teenagers find themselves in a 1950's sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world."

"Well, he's not homeless, Howard, they just don't say where he lives. - Well, it's a silly question! - Because nobody's homeless in Pleasantville. 'Cause that's just not what it's like."

A close friend of mine recently reccomended "Pleasantville" to me,I dont think i had ever heard of it before,I am suprised because Pleasantville is a uniquely briilant and original film,Pleasantville feels a lot like one of the more light hearted episodes of "The Twilight Zone" with its plot which it executes really well.The film is the Directorial debut of Gary Ross,Who wrote such other fantasy films as the Tom Hanks-Penny Marshall classic "Big",Ross brings to this film the same magic and imagination he brought to "Big" and creates a terrific film experience.

A brother and Sister named David(Maguire)and Jennifer(Reese Witherspoon) are accidentally sucked in to a 1950's TV show from a remote they acquired from a mysterious TV repairman,They are forced to adapt to a 1950's lifestyle which includes a Black and white color and must be careful not to make any drastic changes which could alter Pleasantville and stopped them from returning home to the 1990's.

The message of Pleasantville is a relateable one which is Being honest with yourself ,for better or worse,adds a great deal of color to your life.Director Gary Ross sends this message in his own creative and inventive way as we see multiple characters who end up better or worse because of this message.The influence of the two modern teenagers becomes relevant as they bring sex and profanity amongst other things into this quite town and the town slowly becomes filled with color.Pleasantville is extremely well made its features many intricate and complicated shots and effects as the color begins to reign over the town.

The film features some good performances,Toby Maguire is great,Reese Witherspoon is good in the first half but her character changes and she is slightly forgotten towards the end,Jeff Daniels,Joan Allen and William H Macy also provide good support in their roles.

Pleasantville is a very underrated comedic Drama,its features good comedic,dramatic and emotional moments that are satisfyingly executed.Pleasantville is a good hearted drama that should have got more exposure when it was released.


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