Questions To Consider
- Why is diversity in film and TV important?
- How is A Wrinkle in Time different from other science fiction/fantasy stories?
- Do you think that the director’s identity had something to do with the way the story was told?
- Did Meg Murray’s character feel empowered or empowering to you or other people you know?
What We Think
Where do we begin with this marvelous movie?!
There are so many things to love about A Wrinkle in Time, from its diverse cast, to record-breaking director Ava DuVernay, to its empowering message for young girls.
First off: the cast! Even though in Madeleine L’Engle’s original book, heroine Meg Murray has red hair and freckles, it’s delightful to see her depicted in the film as a biracial girl, played brilliantly by Storm Reid. There’s also Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey, respectively.
These casting choices were the phenomenal work of director Ava DuVernay. She was already history-making, even before this flick. After directing Selma, she became the first black woman to be nominated in directing for a Golden Globe, and was also the first black woman director to have her film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. But with A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay broke another record, becoming the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of more than $100 million.
And if that’s not enough…oh, the story! With its young female heroine and three wise women guides, A Wrinkle in Time breaks the mold of many quest stories, particularly those in the sci-fi genre, which usually have boys and men in the lead. In addition, Meg’s parents are both brilliant scientists, and the main action of the story — Meg’s quest to save her father — turns the damsel-in-distress trope on its head.
With films like this, someday (soon, please!) it won’t be so unusual to have women of color telling stories about warrior girls. — Amanda E. Snyder
Where We Saw It
A Wrinkle in Time (film in theater), April 2018