I will present to you one of the most beautiful sentences in recent memory: Ava DuVernay is directing the film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The sentence itself isn’t beautiful, but what it conveys is. We’ve all seen the hype and hoopla around DuVernay being the first black women to helm a $100 million dollar film. While this is an accomplishment worth lauding, DuVernay can make a beautiful film on half a shoestring and great storytelling. She is also the queen of cinematic #BlackGirlMagic. I’ll get to why this is important in a bit.
Madeline L’Engle is one of me and my daughter’s favorite writers. The “Time Quintet” series: Wrinkle, as well as its sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time are required reading. While I am a big proponent of books being adapted to film, not every book deserves this (cough Twlight series cough) But Wrinkle deserves so much better than Disney’s 2002 television film. I know that films are Herculean tasks to make and release. A lot of people put in a lot of time, effort, and (sometimes) imagination to create an experience for us. This film was horrible. All of the wonder, jeopardy, hope, and love were leached from the film. The film lacked heart, passion, and was poorly acted and scripted. The source material deserved so much more.
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