A Wrinkle in Time comes to theaters March 9
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
[Thanks to Carl Slaughter for the story.]
Oooh, that looks gorgeous. And I noticed there was (I believe) a female screenwriter also. Yeah, I’ll plunk down some money for this one, I think.
I’m in, though I’m not sure about that lettuce creature in place of the original (if I’m guessing right about it). 😉 Mmm, tasty lettuce.
I’m very wary of screen adaptations of great YA after the catastrophe that was The Dark Is Rising — but it looks like they’ve avoided the obvious mistake of messing with the lead’s personality, and the rest of the changes could work. We’ll find out in a few months.
I’ve never read the book, since it wasn’t available here, when I was at the right age for it. So I have one question: Is the girl described as mixed race in the novel or is this a change the movie made? Because a mixed race protagonist would be quite remarkable for a children’s novel first published in 1962.
The implication in the book is that pretty much everyone is white.
No one comes out and says everyone’s white, but it’s a suburban family in Connecticut circa 1960, and no one says they’re not. And then no one identifies any of the characters that show up as not-white.
The movie moves the Murrys to California and makes it a much more multicultural society, including aliens.
My only gripe about that it that the book is very, very Connecticut, to my mind, and old stone walls and gnarled stands of trees and kind of Rackham-ishly nature-infused in a way the movie is very much not.
When I heard they were casting a diverse cast in the movie I thought that sounded great. When I heard they’d moved it to LA, I was disappointed. And the trailer doesn’t look anything like how I ever imagined the fantasy bits.
But that’s cool; they’re not making it for me. If the audience they’re aiming it at loves it, that’ll be great. And who knows, maybe it’ll win me over.
But I think anyone who read the book alone would have assumed that the Murrys, the O’Keefes and even Mrs. Whatsit and crew were all white. There’s just no reason they have to be.