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A Case For "A Wrinkle In Time"



On Oprah Winfrey's birthday, I wanted to focus on a story that she and a group of talented individuals decided to tackle.
I always found the childrens book "A Wrinkle In Time" to be very comforting. It also opened your mind up to very interesting concepts of space and time. I love when stories have that classic feel yet also stretch the boundaries of storytelling. This book is the epitome of that.
There was an adaptation of of the book in 2003 but it wasn't all that great (I'm trying to be nice).
So The Walt Disney Company decided to make a proper adaptation of the film. When I heard the magnificent filmmaker Ava DuVerney was attached and Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Reese Witherspoon were on board, I was all in.
The film came out and underperformed at the box office and has a 42% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Whether any studio would tackle this property again is the question. I'm not sure.
But despite the disappointing reaction to the film I had a great time watching it. It has very heartfelt, emotional, and imaginative effects. For a story that many say is unfilmable, that fact that they put their best effort towards it is, to me, inspiring.
The film was released only two years ago so I can't say if this overall reaction will remain with this adaptation or whether more film fans over the years will find it as colorful and daring as I do. But I'm glad they took a swing. And for Disney, who many view as a cold, corporate hit machine, they occasionally channel their '80's lets-just-do-it mentality and create interesting original content.
For now this is the definitive version of the story. Maybe they will tackle it again. Maybe not. But if this is it, I'm still quite fond of this unique adaptation.





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