#FridayFilms: A Wrinkle In Time

I have never seen Selma, but I have seen the documentary 13 and I have seen seasons of Queen Sugar. I did not read A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle but I do enjoy fantasy and science fiction themed literature. As a result of all of this I was ready to watch A Wrinkle In Time. A close friend and I decided to see the movie in 4D, a first for me. The Ava DuVernay directed movie started by giving us some back-story on Meg’s family. Her father’s ambition to time travel between universes has him stranded in an alternate universe. On the anniversary of her father’s ‘disappearance’ that’s when the story really begins. People question whether Alex Murry is really missing or if he has simply just ran away. Meg is being bullied but her brother Charles Wallace will stop at nothing to let her know how amazing she is. Fed up with her bully, Meg sends a ball flying in her face, which catches the eye of another student Calvin.

Of course Meg and Charles Wallace mother Kate Murry is not pleased with either of them after being called to their school. That same night we are introduced to the whimsical Mrs. Whatsit who claims to have received a call from the universe. Both Meg and her mother are weary of Mrs. Whatsit. The following day Meg and Charles Wallace are walking their dog when Calvin pops up and tags along. On the walk Charles Wallace takes them to meet Mrs. Who; who only speaks in quote. Both Meg and Calvin are a little creeped out by the introduction. Back home in their backyard Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and the commanding Mrs. Which appear to help the three children move throughout the universe to answer the call they heard from Meg’s father.

The three astral travelers mention tesseract, a concept of her father’s and Meg’s apprehensiveness slowly dissipates. With the help of Ms. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which help the kids transport to planet Uriel. While on planet Uriel the kids experience some very fantasy like things such as floating talking flowers, and Mrs. Whatsit transforming into a leafy like creature. With the help of these floating talking flowers, the find out Meg and Charles Wallace’s dad is on planet Camazotz home of the evil powered IT. Unfortunately, Meg’s lack of self-confidence and self-love set the group back a bit. They end up on Camazotz where the three Mrs begin to lose their light forcing Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin to work together in order to save her father and return back to Earth.

On the planet of Camazotz the children’s will to give into temptation is tested heavily. Hungry and vulnerable the children are conned by Red who takes Charles Wallace. Meg refuses to leave both her brother and father on this planet controlled by the IT. She and Calvin work their hardest to get little Charles Wallace back, but it is in the same opportunity Meg is able to rescue her father. After an emotional reunion, Meg realizes there is a bigger issues at hand Charles Wallace. Under the control of the IT, Charles Wallace does everything in his power to hurt his sister but Meg wont give up on him and after accepting all of her flaws she finds the courage to rescue her brother from the IT.

A Wrinkle In Time made me feel things I had not felt in a long time. There is a moment in the movie when Meg realizes that everything isn’t always what it seems especially for those around her. There were so many great messages from the movie. Calvin compliments Meg twice on her hair but it isn’t until the second time that she actually believes him and unfortunately that’s how life is sometimes. Sometimes it takes a few times hearing something from our peers to finally believe it about ourselves. Although, the premise of the movie focuses on the children bringing their father home, the bigger message was more focused on the character development of Meg. Meg starts off hating her life and even her appearance to end the movie braver, bolder, and a lo more confident in who she was flaws and all. Even Calvin himself experiences some character development, we see Calvin as the cool kid but at home his father is emotionally abusing him. It isn’t until the end of the movie that Calvin finally finds the courage to stand up to his father.

I may not be in the movie’s intended target audience but I enjoyed the movie very much. The fantasy elements of the movie weren’t too unbelievable, and the characters were very relatable. At some point everyone has felt like Meg, plagued by self-doubt and insecurities. The IT may not have been tangible but what it represents is very much real. The IT symbolizes greed, hate, anger, selfishness, low self-esteem and all the other evils of the world. Once the darkness of the IT consumes you it might seem like it’s too late but there is still time for us to rid ourselves of the darkness. Yes, the darkness can be hard to escape but as long as we see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’ll all be worth fighting to escape.

Aside from the great story telling, special effects, costumes, make up, and acting the songs included in the song were also entertaining. There is Kehlani’s “Let Me Live”, it sounds like a typical Kehlani song but it captures Meg’s feelings in the beginning of the movie. After a pep talk from the Mrs about being a Warrior, ChloeXHalle’s “Warrior” plays. It is great in the sense that Meg needs to be a Warrior, which includes being her best self in order to save her father and return to Earth safely. After all if Oprah tells you to be a warrior, what are you going to do? Be a Warrior. The most buzzed about song from the film is none other than Sade’s “Flower of the Universe”. This plays as Meg rescues her father, its soft enough not to take away from what’s happening but also helps build up the emotions for the father daughter reunion. There were several times this movie had me on the edge of my seat and on the brink of tears. By the end of it I questioned if I would ever go chasing after my mother if she were stuck in another universe. The answer is yes and I would only to hope to be as fearless as Meg.

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