Movie Review: Pleasantville (1998)

Battling the guardians of the forbidden fruit (9/10)

PleasantA fascinating exploration of moral choices: the comforts of social conformity vs. the wild ride of personal liberation.  Pleasantville is a movie I hadn’t seen in a while, then loading it into the DVD player I realize it’s been almost 10 years (1998) since it came to the screen.  Seems like yesterday.  For some reason—perhaps seven years of a full-frontal, faith-based political regime—the film deeply moves me now.

The theme is as timeless as the central issue posed by those hysterical autocrats who pontificate(d) the Old Testament: do I accept or defy God?  And if I decide to leave my warm family home on Superstition Mountain, am I prepared to accept the consequences? Continue reading