Earlier this week, we got our first look at images from the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time and they were absolutely breathtaking. Director Ava DuVernay stated she wanted a cast that looks like real life and she accomplished just that! Kudos!
Today, at D23 in Anaheim, California, the first teaser trailer was released. Stars from the film also appeared on a stage that somehow was able to hold, without imploding, the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid and Reese Witherspoon. That’s one heck of a panel.
The film is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s science fiction children’s classic of the same name. It’s a book that has taken children on a save-the-world-from-darkness space adventure for over five decades so when people say that this book is close to their heart, I advise you to believe them. DuVernay, I’m sure, had this in mind through the process of bringing such a beloved piece of fiction to life.
In the book, Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace and a friend travel through time and space and battle a terrible darkness in order to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father. Along the way they meet three mysterious beings who aid their journey.
Now, the trailer. You know, it’s good. It’s beautiful. Twitter is on fire with tweets proclaiming tears of joy, reclamation of childhood and even fans asking for babysitters on March 9th, 2018. The update on the actual source material is great, the casting is superb, the excitement is palpable and look of the film is gorgeous. I’m very excited about the science getting an update from 1963! That is going to be neat! So, I get the hype but that didn’t stop me from not feeling it as deeply as some others did.
First off the choice of music. The slowed down use of “a hit song sung by someone with an affected voice” trope is getting thin. The same thing happened with Inception when films copied their use of music for many years to come. In this particular song, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics, why not just use the original? I don’t think the music captured the correct eerie tone.
Why was so much centered around Mr. Murry (Chris Pine)? He looks like the protagonist of the film in the trailer, not one that needs to be rescued. The W’s look amazing but something ethereal is missing in their dialogue especially knowing what they are (which you may not just yet) and they certainly didn’t come across as enigmatic. I wish Meg (Storm Reid) was more awkward in the trailer and I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about energy. I wish we could see her doubt. I wish we could see the fear in her. In fact that’s what I was missing from the trailer, fear. The story is about darkness taking over and I didn’t quite see the threat. I saw beautiful colors, wonderful costumes, I did feel excitement but I didn’t feel the fear and awe.
That being said, you can be sure that come March 9th, I’ll be tessering my way to the closest theater. Ava DuVernay is an accomplished and incredibly talented director and I have faith. Which is also what this movie is about, faith. EVERYBODY TESSER!
(One more thing. Charles Wallace? We just got a glimpse. Maybe the next trailer)
Enjoy the trailer and take a look at the poster below!
A Wrinkle In Time opens in US theatres March 9, 2018.
Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer. The film stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.