A WRINKLE IN TIME REVIEWED
“A Wrinkle in Time” has set the Internet on fire. Meanwhile, the real world is still embracing the majesty of Wakanda. What a time to be alive! More people are taking an interest in cultural representations in creative media. Better art is being made and more voices are getting to share in fictional worlds. Oh wait! What’s that in the corner? It’s that same phantom menace that lurks about all of these cultural events. It’s victim mentality!
For every Black Panther and Wonder Woman, there’s always going to be that creative work that demands attention. These are creative misfires forged out of best intentions and executed with lead hands. But, what about the fans? Well, where were they for the 2003 adaptation? Outside of Lisa Simpson stylized young ladies, this book has never set the charts on fire. It was a critical hit upon publication in 1962, but it wasn’t a mainstream classic.
While I don’t enjoy DuVernay’s style, she hits many of the same notes as the previous adaptation. The FX heavy character design is perfection and she plays with the Tesseract mechanics in a rather fun way. Then, there’s the delightful Storm Reid as Meg. I can’t wait to see what she does next, as she kills it here. But, that’s where the good times end.
If you’ve read the book and then seen the movie, the absence of Aunt Beast will strike you odd. Aunt Beast helps Meg find the courage to enter The It’s lair. Given the current feminist push in modern cinema, someone made the creative choice to axe Aunt Beast. After all, you can’t have a Mary Sue if she’s getting help. But, what does an action like that do to a work of fiction targeting young people?
Well, it’s not that hard to imagine. By making a young girl into a fully-realized character, you admonish the learning process. Everything encountered in the film becomes a series of encounters rather than a learning process in the Hero’s Journey. That undercurrent derailed a lot of the groundbreaking potential for the film. Instead of Meg escaping the Earth to master her destiny on far-off worlds, it becomes Meg meeting three weird ladies. Then, it’s Meg and the boys learning about a weird robot and alien landscapes. Nothing informs her becoming a better character.
A shared connection makes it easier for audience members to connect to a character. In fact, Disney is counting on young girls in weekend audiences to connect to a heroine that looks like them and has STEM interests. This isn’t a film in search of an audience, they know who they’re targeting. Unfortunately, girls between the ages of 9-14 haven’t helped to shore up a film’s box office since Titanic. So, what is a film to do?
Well, we’re going to find over the next few years as the movie grows on home video and cable. This movie will find a wider audience. Give it time.
- Deleted Scenes
- Music Videos
- 2.39:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 6/5/18
The Plot Thus Far
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.