Be a Warrior! A Wrinkle in Time to Open in Theaters March 19, 2018
I’ll admit I knew very little about this new movie from Disney and had to do a little research when I first heard about it. A Wrinkle in Time is based on a book from the 60’s of the same name. It’s the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. The more I researched the book (which was also made into a television movie in 2003) the more I knew I couldn’t wait to see what Disney would do with this film with today’s technology.
The original book, published around 1963, had a rough road to publication, yet – it has never gone out of print since it’s initial printing. Throughout the years, the author has offered her thoughts on her struggle to have the book published: “1) that it was too weird, too unlike anything else being published; 2) that its complex content was too hard for kids, but its child protagonists wouldn’t appeal to adults 3) that its scientific, philosophical, and religious underpinnings were inappropriate for children; 4) and that it was a science-fiction-ish book with a female protagonist, and everyone knows only men can be sci-fi heroes.” Oddly, A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most frequently banned books of all time. Early on it was accused of being both too religious and anti-Christian.
I think the author, Madeleine L’Engle, was way ahead of her time in the 1960’s – don’t you? A child protagonist would not appeal to adults – think Harry Potter. Only men can be sci-fi heroes? Really!
The trailer shows us part of the very strange world the kids will enter in search of Meg’s father. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon make appearances as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit.
A Wrinkle in Time Trailer
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.
What is Tessering
Tessering is travel in the fifth dimension: the first dimension is a line; the second is a square; the third is a cube; the fourth is Einstein’s concept of time; and the fifth is a tesseract.
Tessering, a significant part of the fiction of A Wrinkle in Time, is a mode of travel in the fifth dimension that utilizes the shortest route. It can be used in space and in time. When used in space, it combines the straight line of the first dimension, the square of the second dimension, the cube of the third dimension, and the Einsteinian space-time continuum of the fourth dimension to create a circular space. In the story, Mrs Who and Charles Wallace explain to Meg that they will be traveling by “wrinkling time” through a tesseract and that “the fither four dimensions and you can travel through space without having to go the long way around.
The Lesson Learned
The story in many films teaches a lesson. I always look for the lesson when watching a film because I often feel it helps understand the film better. In many, the lesson is very clear and “in your face”. In others the lesson isn’t always clear until after you watch the film and think about the story and plot for some time. A Wrinkle in Time will be no different – the lesson will be there for anyone that is ready to learn it: “Through one girl’s transformative journey, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.”
Be A Warrior
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
A Wrinkle in Time stars two-time Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Peňa as Red and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry.
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A WRINKLE IN TIME opens in theaters everywhere on March 19, 2018