All I know is that one summer I was assigned this boring ass book to read. I was at my cousin’s house and I was just trying to get my summer reading done. I never ended up finishing it but I knew the book was boring because I finished 5 other books that summer. So 10 years later I see a trailer for the same book, “A WRINKLE IN TIME”.
As soon as I saw that trailer I was like,
“WTF? How are they making such a boring book look so cool? On top of that make it a Disney film? AND AVA DUVERNAY IS ATTACHED?”
I will be honest with you, these are the reasons why I went out to watch this movie:
a.) I was inspired by Ava DuVernay. The fact that she is the first Black Woman that has ever been given that much money to make a film made me go,
“First Ryan Coogler, now Ava?” Seeing more than just Spike Lee, John Singleton, and F
Gary Grey as Directors gives me more hope in my future as a filmmaker. And on top of that, she never went to film school as stated in her interview with POWER 105.1’s The Breakfast Club.
b.) I have a MoviePass subscription (@MoviePass feel free to send bread my way *money bag emoji*)
But just because I was inspired, doesn’t mean that I have to love the film.
MAYBE THE HYPE KILLED THE FUN FOR ME?
When Black Panther was coming out I only watched one trailer. No actor interviews, no comic research, NOTHING! When watching the film I wanted little background info as possible so I can fully dive into the film. Because of that, I was able to appreciate the film more for what it was to me as opposed to what marketing wanted me to feel.
I did the same thing for “A WRINKLE IN TIME” except for when it came to interviews. I had happened to follow Ava DuVernay on Instagram so after Black Panther released I
watched her hype up the movie, post pictures at her premiere party, and visit her hometown to recreate the movie experience. Then would hear influencers say,
“The movie was amazing!” I watched ever talk, and talk, and taaallllkkk about this film and how important the film was for children and yadi, yadi, yadda. I fucked up. I went in to watch the film with all of this in the back of my mind.
I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE
First of all, shout out to Ava DuVernay for at least getting this feature film made and on top of that have it be a Disney film. I will say that the only reason why I didn’t like this film as much is that I don’t think it was for me.
It’s a kids movie! I loved the way she was able to show how it’s important to love yourself and that in order for you to do amazing things you must be willing to talk to the dark side of yourself that you don’t want people to see. It’s important that you except all of you and not just fragments of yourself. It’s what all of the great people that we ever looked up to had to go through. That’s a beautiful message for kids.
Quick side note though, I learned that this book was actually banned in a lot of schools in the past because of the way that it named dropped Jesus and compared to Einstein. This is what Vox said:
Much of the controversy around A Wrinkle in Time centers on one particular passage in the text. The mysterious Mrs. Who (who, alongside Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit, serves as Meg and Charles’s guide and protector) explains to Meg and her love interest, Calvin, that a number of important figures in human history have already made significant contributions in fighting the “darkness” that Meg will soon have to. Mrs. Who (who speaks in various biblical, Shakespearean, and historical quotations throughout the novel) quotes the Gospel of John, bolded below, prompting a realization from our
”Who have our fighters been?” Calvin asked.
”Oh, you must know them, dear,” Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who’s spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
”Jesus!” Charles Wallace said. “Why of course, Jesus!”
”Of course!” Mrs. Whatsit said. “Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They’ve been lights for us to see by.”
”Leonardo da Vinci?” Calvin suggested tentatively. “And Michelangelo?”
”And Shakespeare,” Charles Wallace called out, “and Bach! And Pasteur and Madame Curie and Einstein!”
Now Calvin’s voice rang with confidence. “And Schweitzer and Gandhi and Buddha and Beethoven and Rembrandt and St. Francis!”
BACK ON TOPIC
The acting towards the end of the film when…
OH SNAP WAIT, THERE ARE SPOILERS HERE SO GO READ ANOTHER ONE OF MY POSTS IF YOU HAVENT WATCHED THE FILM YET!!
Anyways. The acting when Meg sees her father again for the first time was so heartwarming. The way Storm Reid (Meg) was able to cry on command and make me feel some type of way was really cool. I was able to buy that Chris Pine was her father and she has been feeling a lot of pain since those 4 years that he’s been away.
But that scene only works because of how much DuVernay set the moment up. Since the start of the film, we could see why Meg would be so depressed. Especially as a growing girl that also has problems with stupid ass girls from school. The acting in that scene was great!
But only in that scene.
THIS MOVIE EXPLAINS WHY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO WATCH TRON.
If you know me you know I love my lights. You know I’m very monochromatic when it comes to the way I dress, and I’m all for dope sci-fi concepts. So why did it take me so long to watch a movie that I now consider one of my favorites?
Tron came out in 2010. I didn’t watch it until maybe 2012 or 2013. And I know you could just shrug your shoulders because that’s normal. The Matrix came out in 1999 but if anyone wanted to watch it for the first time they could buy it on Amazon today.
This matters because I watched the trailers for Tron when it first came out. I used to play a game on Facebook called Night Club City and I dressed as Sam Flynn. Design wise I thought the film was really cool. But I was afraid to watch the film because it was cool Sci-Fi concepts in the hand of Disney. I thought I wouldn’t see anything that would blow my mind or that I could actually fall in love with some characters (Olivia Wilde) BECAUSE IT WAS DISNEY!
I was wrong and ignorant. I loved the film, and it took me to a world that I have never seen before. The clothing and architecture were so futuristic and minimalistic it made me drool, and it was inspiring because it showed me just how important set design is when it comes to creating a movie.
Now back to WRINKLE.
This movie is the reason why I thought I wouldn’t like Tron.
At the start of the film, I automatically felt that the action was poor. It felt like everything was being spoon fed to me through dialogue and I’m just looking at the film like,
“Do you think I’m a fucking idiot?” There was pointless nonsense explaining talk everywhere in the film. 85% of the film was just the characters explaining what happened or what was going to happen next. On top of that I never really actually felt danger.
Going back to Tron as an example, even though it was a Disney film I still felt danger and death for Sam and Quora. Earlier in the film were hear that the ISOs have basically been exterminated and that Quora was the only one left. So when they are fighting in the club and Quora gets her arm cut off you are genuinely afraid for her because she is the last of her kind.
In Wrinkle, at the climax of the film, Charles Wallace is possessed by the IT and he captures Meg. Not only was this scene super drawn out but the scene before it was too. Calvin disappears with nowhere to be found. And we just met Meg’s father only to find out he’s a wimp. Charles Wallace uses these tentacles to grab Meg but that’s all he does.
HOW DO YOU FIGHT PURE EVIL AND ALL THAT ITS DOING IS GRABBING YOU! EVEN THE THE MENTAL GAMES THAT THE IT WAS PLAYING ON HER WAS TRASH. This movie was all around boring for me and I straight up wanted to leave. I was only in there because I felt like it was my job to support Ava DuVernay as a filmmaker. But it doesn’t mean that I had to enjoy the film. To be honest with you. I give the film a 5/10.
There was such a huge opportunity to do something great with this great sci-fi material. A universe hopping girl that is being led by her little brother with a missing father that strongly believes that the human brain is more than just something that we use to operate. THAT’S LIKE SOME CHRISTOPHER NOLAN SHIT! This movie was like undercooked rice, the only reason why I ate it was because I was hungry. But hey, maybe Disney as a studio limited Ava in the things that she could do creatively. Maybe they held onto the project so tight that they’re the ones that ruined the movie in the edit bay. But I don’t know how sure I am of that because she seemed very happy at those premieres and interviews. At the BvS interviews, Ben Affleck knew that he was in a pile of shit movie.
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