'Wrinkle in Time' is just right for a middle schooler

12 March, 2018, 09:22 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • The cast of A Wrinkle

In 1962 when "A Wrinkle In Time" was published, critics noted the Christian theology of author Madeleine L'Engle, comparing her to "Narnia" creator C.S. Lewis and wondered if the book's challenge to conformity could be read as a Cold War allegory about communism. It's story is freaky, unnatural and one that likely wouldn't play out well on the big screen. Once Hagrid and Glinda leave, their pupils use what they've learned to explore their surroundings alone, in turn illuminating the rules and geography and politics that govern the worlds they ― and we alongside them ― have entered.

This big-budget adaptation of the children's sci-fi classic "A Wrinkle in Time" is moving, didactic, imaginative, and bloated, all at the same time.

At the very first screening of A Wrinkle In Time on the Disney lot, DuVernay warned the audience that they weren't about to witness "Selma in space", and right she was. DuVernay has always been a vocal iconic about diversity and feminism in Hollywood, and she uses this film to further elaborate on some of those ideas. During her short speech at the screening, DuVernay also made mention of a similar project, The Neverending Story, and I remembered being equally confused and charmed by that particular flick as a child and as an adult. I hope that our movies can raise awareness that African American people can be represented in the right way, and we can be given the opportunities as all other people. She set the film in Compton, with a biracial heroine and a widely diverse cast and it is that more than anything else that makes the film feel like it takes place in our current time. The relationship between brother and sister in this film is one that most parents dream of, and is actually believable. But the details needed to shift "A Wrinkle in Time" from an idea to an immersive landscape are fuzzy at best.

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"A Wrinkle in Time" delivers a couple of huge, chaotic action sequences, but they're pretty ordinary. This is, of course, is an update to the book written in the '60s that has many viewers excited who are getting to see themselves reflected in Meg.

If only there was a good script to accompany those bold chances. The whole thing falls completely flat at this point, as there's no stakes to be felt.

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