A Wrinkle in Time

Kaling Winfrey Reid Witherspoon.
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"But we wanted someone who could handle tell this story with such an emotional truth and make it so evocative and so cinematic". When I asked her why, she would always say, you deserve. Director Ava DuVernay took on the project for Disney when the studio finally pushed production in 2016. Meg Murry and her friends attend James Baldwin Middle School, for example, and Mrs.

After all this excitement, I left the theater caught off guard by my own disappointment. The film drops the book's Christian references and deeply philosophical themes on good, evil, and conformity for ideas that are still positive, but more vaguely spiritual. Instead, it's all a sugar coated surface.

The film, based on the 1962 book series by Madeleine L'Engle, is familiar and lacking surprises, but not entirely without its fun. I get that the film's not necessarily for me, so maybe there is just something lost in generational translation in hoping I too might be transported to my youth. Plenty of little girls in the audience will see themselves in her, and that's only a good thing.

Oprah Winfrey knows Storm Reid.

Richard Brody, The New Yorker: "The center of the film is Storm Reid's portrayal of Meg, a coup of casting that's crowned by DuVernay's direction of her. Reid is a rare departure from the usual run of exuberant and perky kids (of both sexes) who tend to inhabit children's films".

It's no secret that the marketing for the film is riding off how special it is to have a strong, young and African American female as the protagonist. If it was a half hour longer during a key sequence of the movie, it might actually be flawless.

The problem with the film is that much of it feels surface-level.

But there are times when the film doesn't quite flow. "But I was intellectually challenged by it in a way that few books written for my age group at the time did".

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The same can be said about the lessons Meg learns.

Ava DuVernay is at her best when she's creating dramatic moments, and those are the scenes in A Wrinkle in Time that work best. The neighbors and the kids at school gossip that he was a deadbeat who ran out on his young family, but, given that he was a rouge NASA scientist who was studying higher dimensional physics, the Murry family hopes that he went somewhere more otherworldly, and might one day return. Meg takes a breath and, viola, she's balanced in the inside AND the outside.

If you had the power to travel through the universe, would you do it? The world doesn't offer anything outside of beauty on the surface, because the CGI tell us it is attractive, and goodness, because that's what the celestial beings tell us it represents.

J.R.: I read it when I was very young - 12 or 13 I think I was - and I just fell in love with it.

Because the Wrinkle conjures up so many questions without diving deep enough to answer them, it's no wonder that one feels hollow after watching the film.

The movie also played an interesting role in the 90th Academy Awards, as host Jimmy Kimmel invaded a screening across the road alongside stars including Gal Gadot and Ansel Elgort. So if you like the new lovable Meg, you'll have to wait for an eventual sequel (the book is the first of a quintet)... that is, if the movie doesn't flop at the box office.

The movie looks great, and yes, kids will have plenty to look at. I'm obsessed with how people, events and cultural objects from the past shape our understandings of race and gender in the present.

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