(out of 5)

experiences a dream come true when he is magically transported along with his always-at-odds sister () to the world of his favourite Leave It To Beaver-like 50s television sitcom. Once there, he and his sis find themselves slowly turning this quiet, peaceful black and white town into a post-Eden full of colour (through gorgeous digital effects) and knowledge. is tiptop as Maguire’s TV mother, a prim Donna Reed in high heels and pearls who discovers a new world of femininity that is so brave and strong she can’t let it go. Trouble is, the remaining monochrome people in Pleasantville want things back the way they used to be, and do their best to reject the ‘coloureds’ and act out upon them in the most vicious ways possible. Commentary on society’s fear of change and new knowledge is effective if never subtle, and Maguire’s perfectly tuned performance makes it all the more enjoyable to behold.

New Line Cinema, Larger Than Life Productions

USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by Gary Ross

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1998

Toronto International Film Festival 1998

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