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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

 

In Theaters This Week (9/8/2017): It, Home Again

Reese Witherspoon in Home Again

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  After basically not even trying for a month, the first “blockbuster” film of the fall hits this weekend along with some serious 180 degree counterprogramming from Reese Witherspoon.

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A Wrinkle in Time Trailer #1 (2018) *Looking a Little Wonderland*

Premiering Saturday at D23 was the first trailer for Disney’s adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s classic novel A Wrinkle in Time.  I was intrigued by the trailer to begin with..but then it starts to look very VERY Tim Burton Wonderland VERY quickly, which is not A Wrinkle in Time.  The frightening word in the official release below from Coming Soon is that it’s called a “reimagining”.  A Wrinkle in Time is busting with imagination.  It doesn’t need to be re’d (now a word).  This is Disney’s big March release for 2018, but this first look doesn’t fill me with a whole lot of anticipation. Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time Trailer #1 (2018) *Looking a Little Wonderland*

Movie Review: Mud (2013)

Mud, Matthew McConaughey

If you like Matthew McConaughey, Mud is the best thing that is ever going to happen to you.  At no time in his film career has McConaughey been so McConaughey as he is in Mud.  It is….maximum McConaughey.

Mud is the story of two best friends in the SOUTH (we’ll put that all in caps because one of the two is named “Neck Bone” so we’re damn SOUTH) who run across a boat stuck in a tree by a hurricane and a bundle of McConaughey living in it.  The boys strike up a friendship of sorts with the wanderer who is not what he seems.  Mud is less about the titular character than it is Ellis (played by Tye Sheridan who carries the whole film).  Ellis is losing his family, his home on the river and at 14 sits poised on that awkward cusp between childhood and adolescence.  He latches on to Mud because he needs something to believe in, and given that Mud is a wanted murderer, that belief becomes a very dangerous thing.

The main criticism I can level against Mud is that the pacing of the movie is about as fast as the title.  It is a looooong two hours and ten minutes of movie.  The cast is great, when things finally get moving the story is gripping, but the journey to get there is at times extremely trying.

Since there was plenty of time to think as the boys kept motoring across the Mississippi to Mud’s island and back, I kept thinking that I have no problem believing this IS how Matthew McConaughey actually lives.  That his part was just filmed by documentary crew outside his tree/boat house he lives in between films where he has to shower.  I mean, what screams McConaughey more to you?  This:
header-nolan-wants-mcconaughey-for-interstellar
orrrrrrrrrrr this
Mud, Matthew McConaughey
You know I’m right.  Mud is a good rental if you have the patience for it.  Good performances (especially by Tye Sheridan) and, like I said, whole lot of maximized McConaughey (that is really difficult to type over and over…I’m programming a macro).
7.0/10