David and Jennifer Wagner (Toby Maguire and Reese Witherspoon)
are teenage brother and sister. Their TV remote control breaks Darn
it! when they are fighting and a mysterious repairman knocks
on the door as if knowing what they had just done... He is a fan
of Pleasantville, a black and white feel good family sitcom of the
1950's, as is David. The repairman gives David a special remote
and they are transported into the actual sitcom, black and white
and all... Jeepers!
pleasant, if dull, Pleasantville, is about to become colourized
in a spectacular and intelligent satire on social values when confronted
with change, and particularly civil rights for those outside the
mainstream. Awesome! Brilliant!
our panel of critics thought
Gary Ross (Director/Writer) you are a clever one. Using that 'No
Coloreds' poster to such good effect. Here it means no colorized
persons by the way, a brilliant reworking of an old ucky chestnut."
couldn't that black-and-white-with-that-red-coat movie Schindlers
List have been as funny as this one? Was Spielberg playing for laughs
black-and-white-and-some-coloured-bits triumph of cinematography
in the digital age."
had a television like that once."
movie had more special effects than any in its time."
tell me the ending or plot overview if necessary
seems that any person who has feelings, be it love or anger, get
colorized. Eventually the whole town turns into full color.
is called home by the TV repairman so that he can undo all the colorful
damage done by our heroes. Jennifer stays behind in Pleasantville.
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true modern classic enabled by the advances in movie technology...
And there's not a bang kerpow in sight! Here the special effects
are all to do with the use of color in a black and white movie.
And it is all stunningly executed.
This movie is a satire on society's fear of change. A black and
white (in the black and white television sense not the racial one)
society starts to gradually turn colored (colorized) and the population
don't like it and turn on the new 'coloreds'. A brilliantly ironic
idea, superbly executed. For those who remember black and white
TV's transition to color, this movie will remind you of that momentous
change in televisual entertainment. It was a true revolution at
that is the point of this movie. A society scared of change changes
before our very eyes. There are many many wonderful jokes in this
modern day classic. Utterly stunning effort in what is a pretty
perfect fantasy movie.
truly fantastic, virtually perfectly executed, movie. Up there with
It's a Wonderful Life, Citizen
Kane, an all time great movie. Don't miss it.