A Wrinkle in Time Book: Biggest Changes Made For the Movie

Sachia Vickery

Sachia Vickery

I also interviewed two 10- year-olds that loved the film.

That being said, there are certain situations in which you can't avoid it, situations in which that word fits perfectly.

Which in "A Wrinkle in Time".

On A Wrinkle in Time's opening day, Ryan Coogler penned an "ode" to friend and director Ava DuVernay that calls her a "pioneer" and praised her for her passions for "inclusion, equity and representation".

Based on the book by Madeleine L'Engle, the adventure follows a girl who sets off to find her missing father, aided by three celestial guides. While I had mixed feelings about it, I was glad I did, and ultimately thought it was a good movie.

If I'd seen Meg's journey as a kid, I would have felt a lot more confident about myself, especially with regards to matters of the heart.

The best aspect of A Wrinkle in Time is its message, which can be boiled down to Oprah Winfrey's line "Be a warrior". It does an absolutely bad job at setting up the situation and the universe it takes place in. And one of the best things that happens is the friendship that blossoms between Calvin and Meg.

Winfrey's character, remains solid and reliable. But Meg Murry's (Storm Reid) journey towards finding herself hit home with me in a personal way, in a way the child in me could recognize and appreciate. After a while, I became numb to them.

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But the film fails to explain what this character actually is. "A Wrinkle in Time" fails to present anything tangible, and the end result leaves the audience scratching their heads. It's always wonderful to see studios hiring such diverse casts and handing control of films over to more women and people of color after so many years of being shut out, but that in itself does not always mean that the film's made surrounding them will all be masterpieces. She stands out most when establishing the close relationship she had with her father (Chris Pine, another wasted name) in the only genuine bond in the film. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the excessive violence and disturbing scenes throughout the film.

And with that, the film feels very targeted at children. The worlds are expansive and varied and would be interesting if the film stuck to them for more than 10 minutes at a time. While these can be forgiven due to the performers' ages, the rest cannot.

At one point in the movie, Mrs. Whatsit, played by Reese Witherspoon, turns into a giant green lady. She was like a cartoon character, and I found myself slightly annoyed and uncomfortable whenever she spoke.

The next new wide release, Rob Cohen's The Hurricane Heist, was released by Entertainment Studios into 2,402 theaters, and it bombed pretty badly with just $3.1 million, essentially tying with Paramount's Annihilation for eighth place. Right? Well, sort of. She's relatable and sympathetic, showcasing a rebellious, troubled attitude that many children can relate to. She spends the whole movie standing there and quietly smiling at other characters.

"I think there are a lot of elements of what she wrote that we have progressed as a society and we can move onto the other elements", Lee said in the Uproxx interview.

The film's visual wonders are impressive, despite the intensive use of CGI. At times the locations were nearly psychedelic, and felt like something ripped out of a "Doctor Strange" comic.

In short, the importance of A Wrinkle in Time can't be understated. And while we're assembling our Great Expectations Wish List, let me add one more thing.

"A Wrinkle in Time" went with the first direction.

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