So I read A Wrinkle in Time as a child. I don’t recall reading the sequel, but I remember fondly the wild and trippy original book from Madeleine L’Engle. I remember watching the truly disappointing television adaptation that Disney released years ago. Lastly, I remember the feeling of excitement I felt when Ava DuVernay was announced as the director of the big-screen attempt due out in 2018. Now, we have the Official US Trailer for A Wrinkle in Time. It’s a doozy.
The trailer showcases the film’s plot nicely without really delving into a lot of character backstory. The mythology of this series is thick and dense and the trailer does a fine enough job breaking down the beats.
The film is a story of a young girl, Meg, who goes out in search of her missing scientist father, played by Chris Pine. She does so with the aid of three supreme and powerful beings.
I’m happy the film didn’t give too much away. The mystery and wonder of the film should be left to the viewing experience, and it definitely excited me more to see the actual film, especially with a director like Ava DuVernay at the helm. DuVernay gave us the tremendously engaging and thoughtful films Selma and 13th, so a Disney fantasy film seems like a very interesting next step for her.
What worries me, though, is the vibes I got for the film after watching the trailer. Not a “Bad Film” vibe, but the trailer’s visual landscape and tone reminded me of John Carter, Tomorrowland, and The BFG, all films that were live-action fantasies from Disney, and all three were tankers at the box office. I would like to see franchise potential from A Wrinkle in Time, but its marketing is going to have to hit homers all the way to release day in order to do that.
So what do you think? Are you excited for A Wrinkle in Time? Did you read the original source material and did you enjoy it? Let me know/Drop a comment below!
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Like you, I’m excited but worried. I actually liked the original Disney movie (though it was far off from the brilliance of the book), and I worry that this movie will follow the new Disney ideal of beauty over substance. I loved the deep meanings in the book, and I’m worried that this new movie will forget that depth for the cool worlds and graphics. But we will see. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it and I cannot wait to see the movie when it comes out.
Thanks! I feel like some of Disney’s more recent fare has chosen beauty over substance (Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent), but I found Cinderella and even, to a lesser extent, The Jungle Book, to be more in line with A Wrinkle in Time. Also, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have an incredible director behind the camera in DuVernay, but she hasn’t worked with a budget like this. Thanks for your input!