At the Movies - "A Wrinkle in Time"

Ruben Ruiz
March 12, 2018

Oprah Winfrey as the stately and wise Mrs. With so many people mesmerized by her performance, it's hard to imagine any other actress inhabiting "Wrinkle's" lead role, but that nearly happened, thanks to Reid's prior commitment to a Disney Channel series. I wish my younger self could have seen this. She shot the film in 11 days on a $50,000 budget.

"She was so flawless in the role", DuVernay added. His children, Meg (played by Storm Reid) and Charles Wallace (played by Deric McCabe), are visited by 3 unexplainable ethereal/celestial/ "who knows what the heck they're supposed to be" travelers, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs.

For me, watching Meg Murry come to life on the big screen reminded me of the first time I felt a character really got me - Meg hates her hair, she wears glasses and teachers often tell her she doesn't live up to her potential. The shots of Winfrey, Witherspoon and Kaling in a wheat field, isolated figures on the horizon, recall some of the better images from Stanley Donen's 1974 film version (a controversial one) of "The Little Prince".

"When people tell [my story], it's about race and gender - "black woman director" - but my story's also really about age, because I didn't pick up a camera until I was 32", she tells Refinery29.

The Boston Herald's James Verniere is more cutting, pointing to the movie's weaknesses in sci-fi plotting and decent visuals, as well as its reliance on stunning audiences with costuming.

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I'd love to continue acting because its my dream and passion.

Meg, who struggles with self confidence, wants nothing more than to have her dad back at home, so as she sees it, life can return to normal. But in the end, it was all worth it. I loved movies like Labyrinth or The Neverending Story that took awkward, smart kids out of their normal lives and into odd new universes with uncertain rules and surprising, colorful characters. And in this quirky intellectual family, he also finds the freedom to be something more than the jock who is mostly valued for his height and ability to get a ball through a hoop. "In the book, the girl is not biracial and the little boy is not a little Filipino-American boy", she continued. "And it was one of those things that every time we would revisit maybe bringing them, everyone would agree". 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. She took a few minutes to welcome everyone to the screening and also asked the audience if they could think back to when they were 11 or 12 years old, saying the movie is ideal for that age group, as well as for anyone who could use their imaginations to take themselves back to that point in time. They sought the banning of the book from libraries and schools because of this for fear that it would influence children. There's simply too much time taken with exposition.

"A Wrinkle in Time", however, seems not to understand its world: There are no rules, no clear sense of geography and few politics other than elementary notions of good versus evil. Meg doesn't have any superpowers. As she travels through the galaxy and tries to rescue her father, she is forced to reckon with these feelings and realizes that she must examine these harmful ideas and learn to love herself or she will fail in her goal.

Being a role model for young women is something Reid is passionate about, and the teen says she wants to use her talents to bring even more positive narratives to movies. It isn't just wishful thinking, either. A recent profile of the filmmaker mentions that she lost her stepfather, whose first name was Murray, just as she was about to work on Wrinkle.

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