Chew's Reviews - A Wrinkle in Time


Meg is all the better as a character because she's multi-layered and full of both uncertainty and stubbornness, like most teenage girls-she's clever, vulnerable, furious, anxious about her appearance, hard-headed, and impulsive. Based on the evidence, director Ava DuVernay did indeed enjoy the latitude to make this her own movie. Visionary physicist Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) disappeared four years ago, leaving his smart, sullen tween daughter, Meg (Storm Reid), and uncanny genius young son, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), behind with his bewildered physicist wife (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

"This is a journey across the universe, but at the heart of it is a family story that empowers young girls", screenwriter Jennifer Lee said.

The story centers on Meg Murry (Reid), a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in, according to the official synopsis. I'm obsessed with how people, events and cultural objects from the past shape our understandings of race and gender in the present.

But even in sixth grade, I knew my dream of seeing it turned into a movie was unlikely to ever come true. Who, an equally welcome Mindy Kaling. And guess what her name was? Eve! This is a children's story, after all, and children tend to believe in magic when they see it. DuVernay, who has said that she wanted to make a film for herself as a child, embraces that nearly dream logic sense of wonder, launching into the film with very little preamble and getting the kids up and out and on to their adventure rather quickly.

Yet, for Reid, it was seeing a director like DuVernay at work, co-starring alongside the likes of Winfrey and Mindy Kaling, having these women as examples to look up to and admire, that inspires her to be someone that other kids can look up to. Witherspoon's Mrs. Whatsit flings sharp insults with a smile, like a magical grown-up version of Election's Tracy Flick, and Mrs.

Oprah Winfrey is the kind Mrs. Which, the eldest of the three. Along with her prodigy of a younger brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and her schoolyard crush, Calvin (Levi Miller), Meg travels through a wrinkle in space-time to rescue her father from a monster before he's lost forever. But it's impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain.

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Even for an actor who has built a career playing oddballs, Zach Galifianakis' character comes out of left field in "A Wrinkle in Time". "It's too scary for little kids, and too cheesy for teenagers, and I can't really tell my friends to go see it on a Friday night". The managing editor says putting the embattled producer behind bars would be a major vote of confidence for the Me Too movement. "I was a whole ball of emotions!" - and also an absolute revelation. "It's something that Hollywood does, where it trumpets its firsts without really acknowledging that there's a lot of neglect that went into that". In "A Wrinkle in Time, this manifests in both his character Happy Medium, who isn't afraid to be emotional, and with Calvin, a teenage boy who follows the lead of a teen girl".

You can't talk about Reid without talking about DuVernay, who was doing the leading behind the scenes, the first woman of color to direct a $100 million movie.

Three years later, her film "13th" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

DuVernay has set out to make an ambitious fantasy epic, and in many ways, she succeeds. How much do I have? "It happened because there were people at Disney that were forward thinking, so I have to tip my hat to them". With this, we had the Disney machine.

It's been a long while since I read A Wrinkle in Time, and I didn't reread it, as I wanted to go in with the eyes of a viewer who wasn't anticipating every beat due to their well-worn copy of L'Engle's book.

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