Happy 2015. This will be my first Throwback Thursday blog post of the New Year.
The 1950’s can often be seen through rose colored glasses, especially when viewed through the family sitcoms of the era. Television programs like Father Knows Best and The Donna Reed Show presented the audience with a perfect Caucasian suburban family whose problems were easily solved within a 30 minute time span.
Flash forward to the 1990’s where television story lines and characters were complex and problems were so easily solved within 30 minutes.
In 1998, Pleasantville, two 1990’s teens into the world of the perfect 1950’s family sitcom. David, who has little to no social life (Tobey Maguire) is obsessed with the 1950’s television program Pleasantville. His sister, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) has a very active social life and looks down on her brother’s obsession. A strange looking remote transports them into the television program. As they spend more time in Pleasantville, things begin to change and the boat begins to rock.
I like this movie. What I like about this movie is that it brings color to a world that is black and white, literally and figuratively. The special effects are also a nice touch. They add to the movie as needed, without drawing attention away from the plot or the characters.
I recommend it.