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DAY 11: PLEASANTVILLE
Well, this movie was just a downright surprise and still so timely that the movie has aged incredibly well. From the director of Seabiscuit and The Hunger Games, Gary Ross has made an impressionable first entry in his director filmography. On the surface, it almost feels like Jumanji meets The Truman Show but beneath the surface is a much more thematically resonating and charming tale.
Colour plays an important role here and to my genuine surprise, this movie had the most visual effect shots ever before Star Wars Episode I came out a year later. I don't think I've had such an emotional response to colour before. There is a moment where Joan Allen's character doesn't wanted to be coloured so Tobey Maguire helps her apply makeup to hide herself so she won't be discriminated against. It's just such a powerful moment that is still downright saddening to see. Contrast this with a later moment between Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels where he helps her take it off and it is moments like that, boosted by the acting of both men and Joan Allen. Its themes remain timely in our present social, political and cultural climate and its delightfully more than just a fantasy tale.
Tobey Maguire manages to carry this movie incredibly well and he has considerable charm and cuteness here. Much like his later role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, he manages to make his character of David/Bud believable from the outset. Reese Witherspoon is the same; with her feistiness but eventual heartwarming portrayal, Ross has made two great stars here. William H. Macy is also as good as the mild-mannered husband of George. But overall, I was astounded by Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges' performances.
Pleasantville does a lot more than what its expected of it. Sure, it has its plot holes (especially at the end) but its a charming and extremely well-acted and directed film that resonated a whole lot more with me than I expected to. #pleasantville #tobeymaguire #reesewitherspoon #jeffdaniels #joanallen #williamhmacy #garyross #comedy #drama #romance #fantasy #movies #movie #films #film #cinema #cinephile #moviereview #filmreview #review