Published: Sun, March 11, 2018

'A Wrinkle In Time' Proves That Love Wins - But What About Physics?

'A Wrinkle In Time' Proves That Love Wins - But What About Physics?

In situations such as we find ourselves in now, I like to remind readers of Alfred Hitchcock's attitude towards literary adaptations. "It's the kindest set and it's going to be a magical movie", she said. "In Dostoevsky's novel there are many, many words, and all of them have a function". DuVernay takes full advantage of the limitless possibilities of computer effects and one wishes the movie had lessened the exposition and told the story using the images. Having the voice of the author whispering in your head is an entirely different experience than sitting in a theater watching a moving image with an audience. The composition and staging of this scene tells us all we need to know and there should have been more sections like that one. Though in this case, I wonder if reading the book would have helped give me a better sense of what the movie was working with. One night, a stranger, Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) comes to the family's door with news: Their father is alive, and has uncovered a new way of traveling between worlds, called a "tesseract".

Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" opens in theatres on March 9 in the US, March 22 in Australia and March 23 in the UK. But it turns out that A Wrinkle In Time's director Ava DuVernay and screenwriter Jennifer Lee actually have something to thank their two high school bullies for.

From the Christian community, "A Wrinkle in Time" received a lot of flak.

She's very close with her dad, a world-renowned physicist, who disappears mysteriously after discovering tessering, a wrinkling of time and space through which intergalactic travel is possible.

Oprah Winfrey as Mrs.

DuVernay's casting instincts are good. Every teen who feels like an awkward misunderstood outsider will identify with Meg, played winningly by Storm Reid. Mrs. Whatsit is joined by Mrs.

Gift giving for Mindy Kaling's newborn daughter is getting competitive! But much of their work in this visually dense film was done in solitude against green screens, and it shows. Even Meg, her mother Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw of The Cloverfield Paradox, because the world is determined I don't forget that movie) and adopted brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) have trouble remaining hopeful at some points. Who, and Miss Which - the three children are exposed to the universal battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. The Medium's world of precariously balanced crystals is one of several compelling visual moments DuVernay and her crew conjure, but the film is so disjointed that it can not sustain any momentum for long. Such racial myopia is not L'Engle's alone. To DuVernay's credit, she never talks down to the audience or dumbs down the material for children. It's not about getting so much attention ALL the time.

A Wrinkle in Time was also making headlines before its release - this is the first film with a budget over $100 million to be directed by an African-American woman. Her philosophy and imagery were absorbed by the kids of the early sixties, resurfaced when those kids got psychedelicized after the Summer of Love, and later incorporated into New Age mysticism. The planet looks as though they're out in the green fields and flowers of a countryside. But when they're rendered as Disney-fied CGI, and characters just stand there and look at them, they're not so interesting. Reid isn't helped by her young co-stars. Instead, L'Engle's admonitions to embrace your weirdness are reduced to forced whimsey. A Wrinkle In Time was long thought to be unfilmable, and this version suggests that conventional wisdom was right.

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