The film has a lot to say about racial interactions in society, especially during the Civil Rights movement. The approach to the commentary is original, yet direct. It also has a lot of commentary regarding innocence. While the overall story arc of the film is rather formulaic, the aforementioned commentary makes it stand out a lot. The integration of humor is also very effective.
The film is also very well-made. The use of monochrome and color is great, especially during the scenes in which the two are combined. The cinematography is also very good, ranging from extremely inventive to paying homage to the sitcoms of the '50s.
Overall, I think that "Pleasantville" was an interesting, well-made film with a lot of social commentary. I highly recommend it.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.