No one likes a bully. In a time when we should also be making a special effort to give boys the tools they need to fight toxic male stereotypes, escape from oppressive expectations and embrace the differences that make them who they are, Calvin O'Keefe is definitely worthy of our time and attention.
He concluded the letter by praising the "beautiful" "A Wrinkle in Time". Who (Mindy Kaling) and the mighty Mrs. DuVernay, in helming the big-budget film, is the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget over $100 million.
A quick word about that: I don't want to take anything away from that milestone.
"A Wrinkle in Time" comes on the heels of Marvel Studio's latest hit, "Black Panther", which was directed by DuVernay's good friend, Ryan Coogler. She has been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, who said Reid "will become for this generation what Judy Garland's Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" was for previous generations".
The pacing of the film is tedious with too much set-up and speeches from the three celestial beings. Instead, she reminded us, this was an attempt to deliver a movie for 8-12-year-old kids.
"When it came to a director I knew we had to get someone that could handle the emotional side of it".
That, of course, has nothing to do with the actual quality of the film. As the heroine Meg Murry, she is in almost every frame, navigating mean girls at school, the loss of her father and even interdimensional travel. Alex was right on the brink of some incredible scientific discovery - something that could potentially unlock all the secrets of the universe, or something like that - before he disappeared.
"He's not coming back, is he?"
That's because Lee recently admitted to me over the phone that the duo initially bonded over stories about their bullies, which ultimately led to the character of Veronica Kiley (Rowan Blanchard), who routinely harasses Meg Murry (Storm Reid) in "A Wrinkle In Time", being created. It's on these various planets that Meg learns things about herself, things that empower her bit by bit. She's just so intelligent and so smart and so loving, and she's able and willing to risk her life for the things and people that she loves.
But for now, she hopes "A Wrinkle in Time" connects with moviegoers and encourages them to follow their dreams. You start caring more about her as a character, but only for a short time, as the film closes too soon.
If only there was a good script to accompany those bold chances.
Book aficionados should take note that this is not, by any means, a literal translation of the book that is beloved by generations. Oprah is randomly 20 feet-tall yet completely unfazed, Reese Witherspoon has the power to turn into a flying artichoke but doesn't actually do anything with it and Michael Peña randomly appears only to turn into a crumpled puppet. To make the trip, the gang uses a "tesseract", a form of space travel only slightly less stressful than Delta.
It only gets worse at the film goes on, as the third act introduces a really shoehorned villainous thing.
The Boston Herald's James Verniere is more cutting, pointing to the movie's weaknesses in sci-fi plotting and decent visuals, as well as its reliance on stunning audiences with costuming.
That same sentiment drives A Wrinkle in Time, director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel. Although adopted, they prove to also be science prodigies.
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