'A Wrinkle in Time' Review
Darryan Miller | Contributing Writer
For what seems like months, the world has been anticipating the movie adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's science fantasy novel, “A Wrinkle in Time.” Though the book was written in 1962, the movie possesses only some elements of that time period, making the film set in modern day.
The movie follows the story of Meg Murry (Storm Reid), a little girl who sets out with her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and friend Calvin O'Keefe (Levi Miller) to find her father (Chris Pine) an astrophysics scientist who mysteriously disappears while perfecting his craft. On the journey the characters are guided by mystic beings, Ms. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Ms. WhatsIt (Reese Witherspoon) and Ms. Who (Mindy Kaling), who help Meg reach her full potential inside and out.
Film director Ava DuVernay has beautifully captivated a coming of age story that people of all ages and walks of life can relate to. Everything from vibrant colors, to comedic timing, down to the choice in actors seems to be the perfect pieces of fabric that make up the multifaceted quilt of “A Wrinkle in Time.”
DuVernay is the first female African American director to direct a film with a budget that exceeds $100 million. In an interview with ET, DuVernay said, "To have the full support and resources and power of Disney to support a vision was so freeing for me as a filmmaker; to be able to know that any idea I had, that there were the resources there to support it and to know that so many women have not had this opportunity before." The cast also includes Zack Galifianakis, Michael Peña, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rowan Blanchard and André Holland.
The 2018 film released in February breaks barriers in the sense that not only is it directed by an African American woman, but the main lead is a young woman of color. “A Wrinkle in Time” delineates characters of many different races. In a time where film is becoming more and more progressive, seeing diversity working together in a positive light is important as representation greatly matters.
"I really wanted diverse representations, inclusive representations and all kinds of women to be in [the film]," said DuVernay when asked about the casting. Even though the lead character is caucasian in the novel, DuVernay proposed the idea of making her a young woman of color in the film to Disney and they agreed.
The film hits every nail on the head as it includes a mixed-race family, a female character lead role, positive ideals that contrast the negative stigmas surrounding African American hair and adoption.
“A Wrinkle in Time” has something for everyone, as it covers a little bit of everything, science, mystique, wonder and joy all of which make this film truly come to life. The film pulls at the heart as it teaches a valuable lesson in character development and growth. The coming of age story is relatable in the sense that everyone at some point or another has to remain true to their self.
When asked about the message that DuVernay wants kids to take away from the film she said, "Being you just the way you are is exactly enough. Our kids are trying to figure out who they are in this world and what they want to do and what they want to be. What Meg finds out in this film is that who she is in the present moment is enough. It's a big lesson for kids, also adults just accepting who you are and stepping forward in that in a powerful way as opposed to shrieking back at it is the big message. Fight with the light within you."
The two hour long film is full of wanderlust, magic and positivity, whether you see it in theaters or watch in the comfort of your own home, enjoy the essence of being submerged in “A Wrinkle in Time.”