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'A Wrinkle in Time' has diverse cast that uplifts overall underwhelming film

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And in a time when many of us are putting a premium on giving girls the tools they need to fight oppression, stand up to stereotypes and embrace the differences that make them who they are, she is also the kind of role model who deserves a return to the spotlight. Here are some of the biggest changes.

"I saw some of the cast from Black Panther, which made me really excited..." But the script (by Frozen's Jennifer Lee and Bridge to Terabithia's Jeff Stockwell) folds under the weight of its notoriously unfilmable source material, dulling the clarity of its vision, and reducing the film to a handful of discombobulated moments.

The best aspect of A Wrinkle in Time is its message, which can be boiled down to Oprah Winfrey's line "Be a warrior". This is most obvious in Deric McCabe's portrayal of Charles Wallace.

This New Age language about being "part of the universe", having the universe "inside each of us", and becoming "one with the universe and yourself" proves a flimsy replacement for L'Engle's bold references to God and moving quotes from the Bible. She brings her intellectual six-year-old brother and a friend named Calvin along with her, using the power of "tessering" to slip between wrinkles in the fabric of time and travel great distances.

In her life before I met her, she was a highly admired Hollywood publicist who owned her own company.

The Murrys are a multi-racial family living in California.


But it must be disappointing to Disney - which produced both movies - that their newer offering came in second. In the book, the Murrys are a white family living in CT. "The movie doesn't directly reference them", he noted.

Performances in the film are also very strong, with Reid turning in a star-making performance as Meg. What's the significance of Winfrey, Witherspoon and Kaling's weird characters? In the book, the hippy soothsayer the Mrs. bring Meg & identifies as a woman. There is a lot of talent on the screen (also including comedian Zach Galifianakis as the Happy Medium and Michael Peña as the mysterious Red).

"A Wrinkle in Time" is also a attractive film to look at. Meg is a very insecure and anxious middle schooler who is struggling since the disappearance of her father. The movie is Disney's first major box office miss in two years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DuVernay's Meg continues to shrink within herself if anyone so much as mentions her curly hair, but her self-image in this fantasy film is subtly informed by the reality of being black and female. To name a few; accepting who you are, accepting others who are different from you, and the importance of love. Could it have benefited from a slightly more adult reading of the novel's edgier themes - including alienation, existential angst and longing - or are detractors who have criticized the movie's "squishy" worldview just cynics? It's nearly laughably appropriate casting for Winfrey, who embodies the wise, godlike presence Mrs. The most recognizable child star is Rowan Blanchard from "Girl Meets World" and she is in the movie for less than a minute.

Throughout the book, the characters cite Scriptures like Isaiah 42:10-12, Romans 8:28-30, and 1 Corinthians 1:25-28. L'Engle's imaginative vision has a reputation within YA and sci-fi circles for its big scale science-cum-spirituality fantasy and Ava DuVernay's adaptation catches glimpses of such wonder, hitting a pitch of emotional intensity that resonates beyond the borders of a $100 million dollar Disney adaptation.

'A Wrinkle in Time' has diverse cast that uplifts overall underwhelming film