Movie Night: postponed on account of pain. Ever had pain that made you sick? Yeah, that. I’m not going to go into it though, it’s movie time. This week’s pick is another relatively recent release, being released in 1998. Onwards to reviews!
On the surface, Pleasantville is a typical rom-com with a somewhat interesting twist on the genre. Maybe it’s because I’ve just finished reading Stephen King’s 11.22.63, but the concept felt familiar. Some great editing and camerawork really adds to the feel of a black-and-white world coming to life, even if you think you know how it’s done. It still works. Really, the only sour points I had were the town feeling, as a whole, more forced than would be expected; and Tobey Maguire. It’s not that he’s a bad actor, it’s just he’s not a good actor. I’d give him a resounding “meh”. Also, he looked stoned most of the time, and is that really the image we want for 1950’s America? I think not; save it for Woodstock, hippie! Overall, the film felt real and was enjoyable, despite initial misgivings. So don’t be a square, watch this peachy-keen film today! 4.5/5.