Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kailing in A Wrinkle in TIme

A Wrinkle in Time Trailer #2 (2018) *This is NOT A Wrinkle in Time*

The first trailer for Disney’s adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s from D23 seemed bizarre, but you can’t judge a film on just one trailer.  I think, in this case, you can in from two.  It’s been a few years since I read A Wrinkle in Time, but please tell me that anything in this trailer seems vaguely like the book L’Engle wrote.  This isn’t a “reimagining”, this is a disservice.

The cast for A Wrinkle in Time includes Oprah Winfrey (SelmaThe Butler) as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon (WildWalk the Line) as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling (The Mindy ProjectInside Out) as Mrs. Who, Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond, Hell or High Water, Into the Woods”) as Mr. Murry, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and The BeastBelle) as Mrs. Murry, Zach Galifianakis (BirdmanThe Hangover) as The Happy Medium, Michael Peña (Ant-ManThe Martian) as Red, André Holland (MoonlightSelma) as Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller (Pan) as Calvin, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace, and introducing Storm Reid as the iconic literary character Meg Murry.

Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard and Will McCormack round out the highly-acclaimed cast.

The film is a reimagining of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel that takes Meg Murry, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father. First published in 1962, L’Engle’s novel has sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, receiving a recent surge following Chelsea Clinton’s mention during the Democratic National Convention. Winner of the Newbery Prize in 1963, “A Wrinkle in Time” has been translated into 35 languages.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time movie is directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma) and produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand. Jennifer Lee (Frozen) wrote the screenplay. A Wrinkle in Time is set to debut in theaters on March 9, 2018.
A Wrinkle in Time Poster

 

12 thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Time Trailer #2 (2018) *This is NOT A Wrinkle in Time*”

  1. The word “reimagining” has lost all meaning. I think I might have used it one or two times times in the past. I am ashamed. 🙂

    Wow does this look pedestrian. It’s like they did the opposite of visualizing the book onscreen. It’s like they went backwards, into negative creativity.

    BTW, in lieu of JL, I just saw the movie Okja on Netflix. Not exactly a stellar follow up to Snowpiercer. You know how I feel about Snowpiercer. This one was just bizarre, though fascinatingly so. I laughed a lot, because some of the absurdity is delivered with such sledgehammer intensity that you can’t help but feel it, but man, this director has no feel for comedy, especially not physical comedy, and there were no transitions between the tonal shifts, they just happened, and with great frequency. I’m talking moment to moment. There is a conversation to be had about the way we treat animals, but this movie will only reach people who don’t know what goes on in slaughterhouses. I thought most people did. Everyone would actually be healthier if they ate vegetarian… the actual, honest debate about animal rights only comes when we start talking about medical research. A movie about that would have perhaps been brave, and started an actual conversation. Okja is just trying to nauseate people into submission. The CGI and production values were off the scale impressive. Also I do not believe that this movie actually featured Tilda Swinton, first bad performance(s) I have ever seen her give, though she had her funny moments.

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      1. Good for you! That is why I decided to not see JL. I will see Wonder Woman 2, probably, and decide on other DCEU films according to a case by case basis, but the DCEU name is now something that actively repels me.

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      2. Next year I’m going to swear off hype. I’m serious. I’m going to try to simulate the moviegoing conditions of my childhood. I’m only going to watch actual trailers, if they happen to play before the actual movies I go see, and I’m going to consult a few critics I trust. In print, not via the RT website. This constant hype machine, and the constant obnoxiousness and negativity that surrounds it, is on the verge of ruining the experience, and I NEED the experience.

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  2. But … but …but it has Oprah in it!!! … It looked like one giant incoherent mess.

    I haven’t perused anything other than the first trailer of a movie for a while now, and it has made such a difference to my enjoyment of what I go and see. I can highly recommend it.
    … and for the movies I’m not going to see, the blatheration is a fun way to learn everything about it without actually having to spend any money. 😀

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      1. Believe you me, I didn’t mean just this movie either. I was just continuing your train of thought. It wasn’t meant as a directive, though it’s not bad advice, unless someone’s only concern is fully assimilating into what our society is becoming, and about to become.

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  3. The most troubling thing about this trailer is not the eyebrows made out of jewels or Zach Galafinakis looking like the “find the fish” guy from Monty Python. It’s that the trailer mostly consists of close ups and medium shots of the characters with almost no scenery. They’re hiding the entire world of the film. The movie must look terrible.

    I waited for an adaptation all my life. All. My. Life. It’s Oprah whose eyes I have an urge to boink, but I can’t in good faith blame her. It’s probably the director.

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  4. I just realized something: that creature in the trailer that looks like it’s made out of cabbage is this film’s version of the centaurs that the three Ms. W’s become. That shot of the kids riding the thing that looks like a giant undulating leaf is from the part of the book where the kids ride the centaur. Sorry for all the posts but I did not make the connection in my mind until just now. “Reimagining” lol.

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