I watched this movie twice, I watched the first one in HBO/Starmovie and the second one was in school. Watching this kind of movie always make me feel comfortable and excited because this kind of movie deals with teen social life and it is where I see beautiful sites like the houses with gardens which I don’t usually see it here in the Philippines. Most of the houses here are cover their whole front yard unlike in the other countries. It is also a kind of movie where we learn a really valuable lesson lke how to express ourselves. When I watched Pleasantville half or one fourth of the movie is in black and white. It’s black and white because obviously the PleasantVille is a 50’s show where the two sibling(David and Jennifer) got transported/teleported to. Black and white for me means it is plain, fair, emotionless, or neutral basing it on what I saw on Pleasantville. As the story progress PleasantVille gains different colors like red, blue and yellow. These colours show different emotions like when some people made love to each other or when someone is angry or it is a form of expression because different colors have their own effects on us for example is art where a lot of different colors come in to play. Having colors greatly affected the town and I will explain why.
|David and Jennifer, the two main protagonist of the movie|
First David and Jennifer wanted to go back so badly. Since they can’t do anything yet about it, David decided to play along the story but Jennifer did what she likes. It all started with Jennifer where people started to have color. Jennifer taught other people how to make love on the place called Lover’s Lane to her boyfriend then eventually followed by her friends and their Boyfirends. She even taught her mom in PleasantVille how to pleasure herself. It turns out it when a person really love each other or someone that loves him/herself, other people started having color. The next thing that happened was when people noticed that books started to have contents like pictures and texts. This is an another factor that changed and made more people have color. People in Pleasantville began asking David about the books and they felt surprised and really excited because now that they now there is more to see. There was a close of David who was passionate about painting and art. He was also one of the people who got interested books. Jennifer did no gain colors when she made love. She had colors when she read. It is something that she became passionate about and that is what she really liked. David gave him a book full of painting in art to express himself. He started painting the things he saw on the book and what gave that color to paintings and art he made was his happiness. He painted the windows of his store with really colourful colors. In the Later part of the story love and joy again is the reason why people kept on changing of color. One example would where Bud/David was having fun and being in love with Beth. Half of the town still felt empty or they haven’t felt their true feelings. The meaning and the reason of why people having colors were revealed near the end of the story. The Mayor and his affiliates tried to do something about this because people are being unpleasant anymore. It turns out that they cannot change what people really feel and it’s hard to make them change back. David showed everyone in the court that by freeing something that’s deep inside of them shows and gives them colors. He showed this first by talking to his dad and telling him “what do you really feel?, do you miss and love her so much?”. He agreed and started to cry then suddenly in front of their eyes, his dad gained colors. The mayor did not agree and David also challenged him to let his anger out. He also gained colors then eventually the whole town believed him which really proves that it is the expression of the person that shows colors. If it weren’t for the actions or the experience learned from David and Jennifer the whole town wound not know anything about freedom.
David was a nobody then became somebody when he came to PleasantVille because he knows a lot of different things that people on PleasantVille don’t know. He doesn’t also know how to express his feelings and emotion in the real world. Unlike in the real world where he was a coward/shy in telling the girl that he loves her while in PleasantVille there was this girl that he freely expressed his feelings for her. He only got his freedom in the world that isn’t reality.
Art also played a big role in this film. Art is a form expression where one creates an image like the friend of David. People got mad at the Art which was painted in the glass windows of the shop because it showed really strong colors and nudity. They were so mad, they wrecked/thrased the whole place. The near-end part of the movie where David and his friend tried to show other people that it is not bad to express their emotions and that art has more meaning in to it. Still people felt offended and they had confused emotions about Art.
In reality, the same thing applies. The emotion and the feeling inside us is what makes our world beautiful. Maybe this is also the reason why post-modern architects changed the rules in designing the building again. Colors that were present in the modern period were purely gray which is boring so the post-modern architects decided to change it. They started coloring their buildings and started putting curves to express themselves. Same thing with the design of the products and fashion. This how I see world, color brings meaning to our life and without colors life would be boring and emotionless.