This movie, like it's name suggests gives off an air of pleasantness. There's nothing wrong in the film, it's direction, design, acting and story are all very good but not great. It's themes are very transparent. Toby McGuire gives a very weird performance as always. Jeff Daniels kills it. It has a message and it will beat you over the head with it, but that's okay.
Hmm...as far as fairy tales go, it starts off interesting, achieves some moments off spectacular artistry, then runs out of things to do with Reese Witherspoon, tries to handle a few too many subjects, and settles on an ending that opens some significant unfortunate implications, emotionally speaking. As a whole, it's a simple, charming, liberal fairy tale clearly born from a singular vision. And that's pleasant.
a cute, milky white story about a greyscale world that gets slowly introduced to the human experience. tobey and reese carry the weight of the movie well, though mary sue's transformation into an intellectual was rushed. it's endearing to see bill find his true calling in painting betty when his life was so routine before. i love that he paints the love of his life on the diner window for the town to see.