Disney Strikes Magic with First African-American Female Directed-film: A Wrinkle in Time

“A Wrinkle in Time,” is the first film directed by a black woman with a 100 million dollar budget. That black woman’s name is Ava Duvernay, and she created an excellent film about the power of believing in one’s self.

“A Wrinkle in Time,” based off the novel of the same name, is a film that captures the beauty of existing; that everyone is capable of believing and making the world a better place, but it is ultimately up to you to make that choice.

Meg, played by Storm Reid, is a precocious middle schooler struggling to find her place in the world after her father’s disappearance, and her struggle is reflected in her journey to find her father. Luckily, she has the help of her little brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin to be with her every step of the way. Meg also has the assistance of Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Which, three women who are protectors of the universe, played by Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey, respectively.

The best thing about the movie was Duvernay’s directorial work. From the wide shots of Los Angeles’s palm trees, to displaying the horrors that is IT (a dark energy that breeds insecurity, jealousy and hatred) Duvernay shows depth of color and uses various angles to show the beauty or danger of whichever world Meg and her friends inhabit.

Reviews claim that the movie was extremely beautiful, but the scriptwriter, Jennifer Lee, could have done a lot better by adding more loving and relatable dialogues; the entire conversation trail was too formal and the movie was only saved by Duvernay’s directing prowess. The only times the formality made sense was when Mrs. Who/Whatsit/Which were speaking to Meg or Charles, because they were representatives of the universe. There is a lot of awkward formality in the script that did not need to be there, and many lines in the movie veered toward cheesiness.

“A Wrinkle in Time” is a powerful reminder that there is power in flaws, and that love will always persist and is a must watch.

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