L'Engle wrote the novel as a Christian allegory, a tale of lightness overcoming the dark. She endured 26 publishing rejections, got it into print in 1962 and saw it zoom around the world in 35 different languages.
Well, when you meet Ava, you kind of know there's an inherent, innate leadership quality in her, and that's what you want in a director - you want somebody that knows what they want.
In this February 25, 2018 photo, Storm Reid poses for a portrait at The W Hotel in Los Angeles to promote her film, "A Wrinkle in Time", which opens nationwide on Friday, March 9. Now 14, she's easy and versatile screen company. She first appears with the others in Meg's backyard, towering above them at several times human height, with silver eyebrows, a metallic silver dress and glittery silver lipstick. Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) attempts to lift her spirits regularly but nothing will ever satisfy the void Meg's dad left. And so Meg's struggle to find herself, her voice and her place - as well as her joy and amazement when she succeeds - felt just as relevant and real to me as when I was a kid. They help you see that your stories are not just your own, that you yourself are not alone, and that there is something resembling hope on the horizon. Which (Winfrey as the wise sage), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon as the spunky communicator) and Mrs. It's nearly laughably appropriate casting for Winfrey, who embodies the wise, godlike presence Mrs. Which towers over everyone else (she's Oprah) and has silver eyebrows and lipstick and a wardrobe resembling Ursula's of "The Little Mermaid". The novel's crushingly ordinary twins have been jettisoned from the movie.
The images work best in the planet Uriel, a lovely place where pink flowers hover above the ground and move their petals as if they were butterflies.
A Wrinkle In Time is boring. The third tessering, comprising a shot of Earth and a shaft of light pointing the way to the kids' next stop, makes for a attractive transition.
Oprah turning into a 30-foot-tall giant for a quarter of the film?
Ava DuVernay has independent filmmaking in her bones, so the step up to a $100 million Disney spectacle like " was a considerable one. Bible quotes, a reference to Jesus, and even Christian historical figures all got the boot. The emotional urgency, however, doesn't quite translate to the overall picture.
In addition to a battle between darkness and light, an obvious subtext of "A Wrinkle in Time" is hair.
The story inevitably takes us into the "purely evil energy" of Camazotz, which transforms sweet, mind-reading Charles Wallace into a red-eyed demon variation of the brother Meg loves.
Storm Reid's performance as protagonist Meg Murray, a sullen and rebellious teenager, is great, but Meg's overwhelming reserve also makes the first two-thirds of the movie a bit of a pain to watch. The New Zealand location filming, the California locales and the elaborate soundstage environments never fully mesh into a coherent style. If DuVernay had gone that route, "A Wrinkle in Time" likely would have cost more, but it would've been a better film for it. "I kept going back to what moments make me feel, and knowing that the interpretation of that may be different now", Lee said.