Pleasantville (1998)


I think this film is wonderful!I must have watched it a million times and it takes me back to my pre teen years.

Sitting on my inflatable sofa, eating a pounds worth of penny sweets (god bless the nineties).

The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire as twins from the 90’s who find themselves teleported into a 1950’s soap opera – yikes!

When they arrive in Pleasantville they are initially in black and white. As time goes on, they soon realise that their influence has the ability to convert everyone (and everything) into glorious technicolour.

On the surface it’s a silly little 90’s teen drama, but it actually has some racial depth.

As some of the town are in black and white, and others transformed into colour. A hatrid bubbles and it soon becomes very reminiscent of real issues of the 50’s.


When you watch this you start off feeling nostalgic of times long gone, but soon realise that reflection is a fab thing and maybe the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

On that note, I do find it rather odd that as a whole we seem to idolise the 50’s era, but when you take a good hard look at it, it really wasn’t all peaches and cream?


It has a fantastic ensemble cast; including the amazing Joan Allen who performs fantastically in her role as a housewife, who maybe isn’t as happy as she’s forced to pretend.

Jeff Daniels is as adorable as ever and William H Macy shines brightly, in fact he delivers my favourite line from the whole movie ;

For a film that spends a large portion completely in black and white, the colours are cinematography in this are mesmerising.

I actually watched this recently, not having seen it in many years and I was just as impressed as the first time I saw it. It just looks beautiful.

Sure, some of my admiration may come from my own nostalgia – but the 84% on Rotten Tomatoes means that I’m not alone in my thinking.


Another part of the films charm is it’s fantastic soundtrack; including Fiona Apple’s cover of The Beatle’s – Across the Universe and Buddy Holly’s classic – Rave On.

In my opinion this is a fun and interesting story, with great characters and as soon as it’s finished I can’t wait to see it again.

If you are unlucky enough to have missed this one then go ahead and give it a go, because you really are missing out.

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