Colorful Beauty Pleasantville is trying to portray society in a way thatcan be perceived that the world is beautiful. In the beginning of the movie itshows the viewer how ugly the real world is. When introducing the 1950’s showPleasantville, its conveyed to be a perfect little world where nothing goeswrong and everyone is just constantly in a happy state of mind. This world rapidlychanges from black and white to color which are considered to be imperfections.
I think the color represented a certain beauty that Pleasantville needed to betruly pleasant.Itbegins with David and Jennifer who are siblings and are present-day teenagers, bothwith different levels of high school popularity. David, is socially awkward, isa shy and withdrawn guy. On the other hand, Jennifer is an aggressive extrovertwho sometimes can be really superficial.
David really loves watching Pleasantville,a 1950’s black and white sitcom and he wants to watch the marathon that will becoming on soon. But, Jennifer wants to watch a concert on television butit hits on the same day and time where the marathon will be released, so ofcourse the classic feud of brother and sister arguing on who get to watch whathappens. And this causes them to break their remote control. Then mysteriously,an old television repairman suddenly showed up and gave them a remote control. Whichtransported them into the television set and now they play as bud and Mary Sueon the show. Now they do things from their world andintroduce them into Pleasantville.
So every time things do not come about theway they should be in the show, Pleasantville happens to change from black andwhite into colon. This consists of people’s faces and itssurroundings. It also depicted communal protests in artearlier in the 1950’s. Pleasantville was to mimic how the 1950’s society lookedlike.
There is a standard in the Pleasantville community intended that everythingand everyone has to be uniformed. If this standard was not followed, the communitywill go against the offender.Forsome the citizens in Pleasantville, they didn’t understand that color has adeeper meaning than it just being change. They did did not dwell onits literal aspects and attributes as for its ornamental purposes andbeauty.
Color highlighted development in art during the 1950’s wherepaintings of Picasso and other famous artists during his time were shown insome clips. The characters in the film portrayed people in the 1950’s wheresome get to agree with the new art while others remained to be on the samestandard, the only standard that they were accustomed to which caused rioting,anger and hate.Pleasantvillehad created a different mindset that does not want change, into a place with anopen mind to explore new ideologies.
The flaws in art led to a discoveryof a fresh kind of beauty that despite not being perfect, because of it createssomething just absolutely beautiful. Beauty is something that not everyone adheresthe same understanding because its depends on that one specific person. Noteverything that looks one way may look the same to others. Like in the movie, theblack and white was the standard existing in the town of Pleasantville. Theshades of gray were considered the pleasant one.
In the eyes of Jennifer,everything seemed extremely bland. But for the community, it was beautiful.When things came into color, some people felt uncomfortable.
It seemedalmost ugly for them to see some color. The people in Pleasantville upon seeingdiner owner’s artworks, they rioted over his art. And they didn’t find anyin looking at it because they sought it to be ugly. But at the end of the movieafter everyone and everything has been colorized, the people of Pleasant sawand embraced just how much more beautiful all of these changes actually were.