We were lucky enough to see a preview of A Wrinkle In Time on Tuesday. I have to say I absolutely loved it. I know I’ve seen a few reviews that felt the movie was horrible because it strayed from the book. Here are my thoughts on the Modernized A Wrinkle In Time.
A Wrinkle In Time was written by Madeleine L’Engle in 1962. When it first went to print it was written for the times. It was set in 1962. There is a feeling in the book of being set in the modern era for that time. It never specifies that the book is really hard set in 1962. It is more a feeling of being set in the time frame you were to read it in. In Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, they have modernized the book to set with the society and feeling of the time frame you are watching the movie. In other words they took this fabulous book and updated it to fit our times.
I have to say I’m pretty big on the producing a book into a movie as true to the story as possible. The problem with this is that problems that Meg faced in 1962 would not be the same as the problems she would face in 2018. Because of this Disney had to update a few pieces to make it fit. Let’s be honest, would you go see a movie that was set in 1962 if it was not a historical piece? The answer is more than likely going to be a no. If you wanted to see a movie based in 1962 about civil rights, then yes it would make sense. A Wrinkle In Time, however, is not a historical movie, its a fantasy movie. It makes complete sense for the screenwriters and Disney to update it.
For us it hit home. I have not been quiet but also have not splashed our issues with bullying all over the blog. The biggest thing for that is that it is Rachael’s story to tell not mine. We have had three incidents this year with the same student bullying Rachael. In Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, there is a bullying incident. As we watched it, I felt that Disney did an amazing job of showing that for some bullies, they are bullied at home or at school themselves and they take that negative energy and move it to others. I never thought that this small incident would cause such an emotional response in Rachael. As the movie was concluding (read the last 15 minutes), Rachael curled up in her seat and started sobbing. Keep in mind at this point of the movie, the climax has happened, the movie is finishing and all is RIGHT with the world. So why was my girl sobbing? When I say sobbing, I mean she was sobbing! The lady next to us was concerned. I had asked Rachael if she wanted to leave. She was using my buttery napkin from wiping my hands to blow her nose. Just sobbing. As soon as the credits started rolling, I made the decision to get Rachael out as soon as possible. We got to the car and I asked her what in the world was going on. Why was she so emotional over this movie? Her answer: Mom I feel like I could be Meg. My friend could be Calvin and Charlie could be Charles Wallace. I know that I have faults and that no matter what they will be there for me. Charlie will always love me deep down just like Charles Wallace. Mom I’m ready to be a Warrior against The It.
As a mom I was shocked that she could be so emotionally drawn to a character, that she could so clearly identify with the character and could fully tell me WHY she felt like she could be this character. Will she ever tesser? UM Probably not but it would be great to think that she could and its amazing to think that she wants to change the world.
So the short and sweet review of A Wrinkle In Time is this.
Yes the modernized A Wrinkle In Time strays somewhat from the book but I think it is important to make the story fit in our society today. A Wrinkle In Time is a captivating fantasy that takes the written description of tessering and makes it a visual masterpiece.
Is it kid appropriate? There is a portion where Charles Wallace has a few minutes of rather scary, almost possession like dialogue. Your child could easily close your eyes for this but I think it also opens a dialogue opportunity as a parent. The bullying is also a great way to open dialogue with your child about speaking up for themselves and others as well as showing love and caring to all around us.
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