Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Pleasantville (1998)

Pleasantville stars Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon as a young brother and sister who get sucked into a TV show (by a sinister TV repairman). The show, "Pleasantville", is pretty much like the Waltons but not set in the Wild West - everyone is very pleasant to each other all the time, and in addition everything turns out just fine and dandy every single time. Of course, modern kids in this setting... well it's not going to be pretty!

With a great supporting cast including William H Macy, Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels, this is well acted and brilliantly filmed - the show is in black and white, but as things progress some things become colour (the Art Direction was one of 3 Oscar nominations). It starts off very surreal but once the big unravelling of the plot is made, coinciding with (almost) the whole of Pleasantville becomming colour, I found the pay-off to be a little disappointing... it was a little too... well, black and white! The surrealism was lost and rather obvious comparisons with racial prejudice and Nazism were made - the surreal atmosphere is lost completely and the final scene lacked impact.

Still overall Pleasantville is an enjoyable movie and the filming is superb. Good, but not great.

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1 comment:

The Mad Hatter said...

I haven't watched this one in a while (probably because TV played it to death, which had me reaching less and less for my dvd).

I remember being blown away by it at the time, and still like the way it goes about making its point.

You might be on to something with the ending, but I think the overall message of there being more to life than just simple small town values is a good one.