Thank you to Disney Studios for hosting me during the A Wrinkle In Time Event.
I’ve seen A Wrinkle In Time twice now, and I’ve been dying to share my thoughts from the moment I stepped out of the theater the first time. What should you know before you head to the movies?
A Wrinkle In Time is a children’s movie.
Director Ava DuVernay introduced the film both times I’ve seen it by describing this as a movie made for children. Specifically, a movie for children between the ages of 8 and 12. Does that mean an adult can’t enjoy it? Not at all. As long as there’s a little kid still living inside of you, this movie can be for you, too. (That is to say, I enjoyed it.) The movie covers some deep themes such as bullying, loss of a parent and darkness versus light. There are scenes toward the end of the film that might be a bit frightening for younger viewers. Use your best judgment when determining appropriateness for children under the age of 8 based on the individual child.
The movie isn’t an exact copy of the book.
When you think about taking a book that would take most people about five hours to read, and then translating that into a two-hour movie, it’s obvious that some things would be left out. If you think about taking a book that was written in the 1960s, and then translating that into a movie being released in 2018, it’s obvious that some things are going to change. The spirit of the book A Wrinkle In Time is absolutely still there. Many of the characters, settings, and circumstances are exactly the same. Some things also had to be changed or left behind. If you walk into the theater prepared to see your favorite book faithfully adapted for the big screen, you’ll walk out disappointed. Instead, walk into the theater ready to be entertained, ready to be moved, and ready to see your favorite book reimagined.
A Wrinkle In Time is absolutely beautiful.
When I had the chance to speak to Ava DuVernay after our interview, I told her that the film was beautiful. She responded, “Tell everyone.” So this is me, telling you that this film is stunning. The costumes are incredible. The settings are amazing. Pay attention to the details when you watch the film, especially if you see it a second time.
The soundtrack to A Wrinkle In Time is amazing.
I was blown away by the music in the film. Featuring songs from Sade, Sia, Kehlani, Chloe x Halle, Freestyle Fellowship, DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato, it’s a must download.
A Wrinkle In Time is important.
A Wrinkle In Time marks the first time that a woman of color has directed a film with a nine-digit budget. The cast is incredibly inclusive. The film prominently features science, including women in science. But beyond that, it features a message for any child, especially any little girl, who has ever felt unloved, unworthy, or in some other way less than. That message is important.
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From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.
Directed by Oscar® nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Emmy® nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Peňa as Red and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry.
Produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer, the film also boasts an impressive creative team featuring some of the most talented and skilled craft persons working today, including: Tobias Schliessler, ASC as director of photography, Naomi Shohan as production designer, Oscar®-nominee Spencer Averick as film editor and two-time Academy Award®-nominee Paco Delgado as costume designer.