The Wait is Over
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the release of Disney’s new movie A Wrinkle In Time. This movie has been on my must see list since I first heard rumblings about it last year. I can count several reasons for this great anticipation including, but not limited to, the fact that the director Ava DuVernay is a genius. Reese Witherspoon who plays Mrs. Whatsit has long been hailed as my spirit animal, and if you have been following along with me you know how I love all things Oprah so her playing Mrs. Which meant I would be standing in line no matter how long it was on opening night to catch this film. Imagine my surprise when I was invited to attend an advanced screening. I may have done a little happy dance around my living room before quickly replying!
Before I dive in to the movie let me preface this by saying I often have very high hopes for things and am often a little disappointed when they don’t live up to my grandiose expectations. But one thing I remember Gayle King telling me about Oprah Winfrey is that she never disappoints! And while many people are to thank for bringing this Amazing Disney film to fruition and not just Mrs. O, I have to tell you that this film really delivers! It is everything I hoped it would be and more.
Back… to The Future
If you aren’t familiar with the Science Fantasy Novel by Madeleine L’Engle from your childhood, let me just run down the basics for you. The main heroine in the story is a troubled young teen girl named Meg (Storm Reid). Meg is not only going through a bit of the typical early teen awkward stage, she’s doing so with the weight of devastation following her scientist father- Mr. Murphy’s (Chris Pine) disappearance. The movie starts with the 4 Year Anniversary of Mr. Murphy’s disappearance into time and space, and gives us a glimpse into the family dynamic as they move forward with their lives but are still consumed with grief. Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) is her genius little brother who was adopted before Mr. Murphy’s disappearance. Because of Charles Wallace’s genius ability and his desire to help his sister heal, he teams up with three majestic beings: Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Khaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). They all (including Calvin, Meg’s classmate and crush) set off on a transformative journey to find Mr. Murphy.
Here are 4 Themes I loved about A Wrinkle In Time
A strong female cast– As we move into Women’s History Month and with today being International Women’s History Day this movie could not have debuted at a better time. The cast was packed with a star-studded but more importantly uber-talented female cast. I saw this with my youngest daughter and my chest always swells a little when I watch films with strong positive female characters.
The connection with girls and math/science– During the day I work as a high school counselor, and getting girls connected with careers in math and science is seen as important work in my field. I love that we are seeing more and more films with a nod to this. Girls need to be able to see themselves in a variety of career fields especially non-traditional films. This film makes a career in quantum physics a possibility for all girls.
Don’t let your challenges Define You– I often talk about this topic when speaking to girls and women. Meg experienced a devastating loss and while most of us won’t lose a loved one to a wrinkle in time and space, we will all most likely experience challenges and some type of loss in life. I love that although Meg was going through her challenges she was still able to become a warrior. Sometimes we have to push past our fears and our thoughts of I can’t or I’m not ready, and do it while we’re afraid.
Light over darkness, and love over everything– Although the original book was written in the 60’s, this film’s message of light over dark and love over everything is so important in today’s times! We are living in a world right now where there is so much fear, discontent and disappointment, but we have to focus on the light and love to keep from being overcome by the darkness of it all. I believe that the love we have for each other will triumph over the divisiveness we are seeing today, and A Wrinkle In Time’s message of this theme was right on time!
The Wrap Up
As you can tell I loved the movie! The cinematography was spectacular. I was lucky enough to see it in IMAX but I believe that it would have the same effect on any screen. The colors, costumes and extraordinary backdrops were so vibrant and it reminded me of what those watching one of my other all time favorite films- The Wizard of Oz, must have felt like when it first premiered. Although, we have come a long way with cinematography and film through animation, I believe this movie will be as groundbreaking and timeless for many years to come. And Meg Murphy will be beloved just like the other young girl named Dorothy, who also took a transformative journey seeking to find something (or in this case someone) and ended up finding herself.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this film!
Until next post,