"A noble ambition confused to the point of annoyance."
Pleasantville is a way mixed bag. Sometimes just brilliant, sometimes a silly little teen flick, sometimes a preachy life lesson. But mostly, it's cute. Just cute. Not life-altering… just cute.Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire are… well, let's be honest, they're stereotypes of modern day teenagers. One day they bust the remote control of their TV, only for it to be replaced by a spooky TV repairman. When they use it, they get sucked into the TV world of Pleasantville, a black and white world where everything is perfect.
But what happens when the kids start to introduce some non-perfect world ideas into the minds of the Pleasantville locals? They start to get colour. Ew.
Now people have read a whole lot into the racism messages in this film, and for the most part I thought these people were all just plain nutso. The film isn't about racism, it's about luddism. It's about not relying on technology to be our babysitters, not wasting our lives doing nothing of importance, it's about being open to new ideas… or at least it started that way, but then someone obviously got their hands on the script and changed stuff. At about a half hour before the finish, the political correctness seeps in and the characters begin to turn as stereotypical as anything you've seen. The story gets stupid. The humour disappears. And mom turns into a slut.
Basically Pleasantville starts with a five star flourish but sputters to a standstill by the end.Even at it's worst it's a positive experience, but the shame is that such a great base is abandoned in the pursuit of an easier to read "message".