Thursday, 17 October, 2019

'A Wrinkle in Time:' A weak adaptation of a classic novel

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Lora Ball | 15 March, 2018, 20:39

DuVernay certainly proved wrong naysayers who have dismissed her filmmaking talent in the past and attributed her meteoric rise to saying the right thing. In the first few pages of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 book, Meg is preoccupied with its plainness: A far cry from her mother's more glamorous mane, Meg has wiry, "mouse-brown hair" that can barely be tamed. Who is the random guy who joins Meg on her mission?

'The film is all about love and I think diversity is a part of love, ' she said.

As the first live-action $100 million project helmed by a woman of color, A Wrinkle in Time had to tell two feel-good stories: that of a biracial teen (played by Storm Reid) learning to love and trust herself, and that of female artists and artists of color triumphing in an industry that has traditionally disregarded their perspectives and contributions. Seeing Meg get complimented by Calvin (Levi Miller), someone she considers out of her league, is special since it's he's complimenting the two things black and biracial girls are often told aren't handsome - her intelligence and her coily, non-Eurocentric hair. Who (Mindy Kaling), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Depending on the child, I recommend this for kids ages 10 and up! Like Meg, we're often too afraid to actually look in those dark spaces and get to the answers. That's basically what this intergalactic journey was for Meg; a journey of self-discovery and self-mastery.

Too many young girls - including myself - grow up to be women who long to be someone or something we aren't.

Directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler are making history in Hollywood, and supporting each other along the way. "The monster is inside of you".

I can only imagine how inspiring and influential this movie will be to the children of today, who will no doubt cherish this in the same way current college students hold onto Disney Channel movies and Nickelodeon cartoons.

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"A Wrinkle in Time" is the latest Disney film directed by Ava DuVernay ("Selma").

For those unfamiliar with A Wrinkle in Time, the story follows Meg Murry (Reid), a teenager who goes on an adventure with her adopted brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and friend Calvin (Levi Miller) to find her missing scientist father (Chris Pine). "The fact that this Caucasian boy says to her, "I like that"? It's every emotion", DuVernay said.

It's a lesson I was so glad to see played out on the big screen for a younger audience - the very thing I hadn't learned as a kid in school, or been able to put into words to help my own daughter. Similarly, they aren't bad, though their whimsically odd outfits are more than enough to distract viewers from freakish terminology like "tesseract" (the warping ability they introduce that isn't explained) or the wondrous aspects of the worlds around them. "We want to remind kids that they can be the light".

Disney marketed A Wrinkle in Time to theatergoers like no other film in recent memory.

More than 50 years later, "A Wrinkle in Time" is as relevant as ever. "So for there to be this beauty, to have these celestial beings come into the hood and take this girl away to fly to awesome planets?" True equality comes when films from all people can be unbelievable, good, and bad, and luckily, "A Wrinkle in Time" falls in the middle somewhere.

Continued the filmmaker, "There's all these seeds I wanted to plant".

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