Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

A Wrinkle In Time to overthrow Black Panther despite bad reviews?

A Wrinkle In Time to overthrow Black Panther despite bad reviews?

Director Ava DuVernay's movie feels faithful to the classic novel, though it leaves out some bits, such as the Aunt Beast moments, to squeeze the story into 109 minutes. And, of course, I have all the incredible collaborators that bring it to fruition - [screenwriter] Jennifer Lee, [director] Ava DuVernay, all the great actors. She has an interesting visual style, with close-ups and perspectives that aren't normally seen in the genre, and blends the familiar with the alien: When Meg and her crew venture to The It's planet, they're met by Stepford moms and kids in a freaky suburbia followed by a trippy jaunt to a busy beach with Red (Michael Peña), an evil Colonel Sanders type whose hypnotic presence is all too fleeting. DuVernay is only the fourth female director to receive that kind of budget for a project, and in tackling the beloved "A Wrinkle in Time", she has taken an enormous swing. By then she had written, produced and directed two wonderful films, about black women finding hope while experiencing grief and loss, all while maintaining a production and distribution company to finance and distribute underserved independent films made by women and people of color.

As the show's executive producer, DuVernay has made a point to hire all women directors. We're doing it for ... we don't want to do it for the wrong reasons. When I was her age, I was horribly bullied. Since it has kept first place at the box office since its debut on February 16 and if it ends up topping "Wrinkle" to take the No. 1 spot again, it will become the first movie since "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to finish at No. 1 for four straight weekends. 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. Things start to turn unusual when Charles Wallace welcomes a odd woman named Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) into the family home, and hints begin to emerge about the whereabouts of Alex Murry.

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Mrs. Whatsit is clad for her part like the Statue of Liberty, while a third being, Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) tell the children that they need to search for their father - his children are the only ones who can find him, it seems. Which (Oprah Winfrey), who guides and admonishes the younger angels in handling fragile humans as all six (human children and angels) literally fly between dimensions and planets. Both are physicists, and Pine's character has been missing for four years after discovering Tessering, which essentially is a wrinkling of time and space that allows near-instantaneous intergalactic travel.

None of this unfolds slowly, or with any sense that much of it needs to be overly explained.

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They are also adorned in dazzling outfits of bright colors and jewels and oversized fabrics that make it look like they came from a festival somewhere between Carnival in Rio and Fat Tuesday in New Orleans. How many of these themes make it into the movie?

Oprah's in it. Her name alone usually turns products to gold, and the message of the film fits her brand to the utmost.

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But there are times when the film doesn't quite flow. Their space spanning journey starts out well enough, on a handsome green planet that is one of the more spectacular scenes of the film, but they soon find out that their search is really a rescue mission. Others will find it overly saccharine, even obnoxious in its earnestness. We've seen to many great children's movies to accept that explanation.

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