Disney provided hotel and transportation to attend the Wrinkle In Time Press Junket and Red Carpet.
We are living in a time of change and I feel that some people are fighting it and don’t want it to move forward. Well guess what people, the times are changing and Ava DuVernay is one of those pioneers that are inspiring change and if you don’t like Wrinkle In Time, you missed the point. We had the opportunity to speak to this brilliant creative woman and this is what she has to say about her version of A Wrinkle In Time.
First of all, she treated Wrinkle In Time as if it were one of her children. Everything she had was poured into this movie. Her goal was to make a movie for children to love, her recommendation was children 8 – 12 and the young at heart. Which you really have to look at this movie as a fantastic family movie. Hopefully you’ll leave the theater as inspired as I was. I’ve been inspired to be a better person, to be a better parent, to be the light I want my children to be.
This movie isn’t like your normal children’s movie. It doesn’t have unnecessary humor, but I still laughed. She said the studio wanted her to put more jokes in it, they said, “kids like to laugh”. Her response was, “but kids also like to think”.
Wrinkle In Time is about a girl finding herself, I mean there are many more layers to this, being a light, being strong and being a hero, and Ava does all this for little girls that don’t usually see someone that looks like them doing all these things. Ava DuVernay cast a very diverse cast. Each of the Mrs. were picked for their unique acting skills and for their ethnicity and it makes sense all the way to Meg Murry being cast as Storm Reid. This is what she had to say…
“Mindy said something really incredible. She said that she loved sci-fi growing up but sci-fi didn’t love her. She never got to see herself in it as a girl but particularly as a brown girl, specifically as an Indian girl with dark skin she said and so to be able to in a film where there are representations of her, representations like Storm was so important to her. I think it was the same thing for me, you know. Storm’s a little girl from the inner city. We’ve moved the book to be in the inner-city, from the book to the movie.
A little girl from the inner-city who wears glasses, who doesn’t know how fantastic she is and I related to that. I remember being that. I remember dreaming about all the things I wanted to be and not knowing if I could be them. Not seeing anything in my world beyond my mom who loved me and my family who loved me to tell me you can do it and nothing else said you can do it. Nothing else said you can do it. School didn’t say you can do it. Society didn’t say you could do it. Nothing said you could do this. Nothing said you can be here and direct this movie. You know, nothing said that you can do any of it and so you have to find it in yourself and that’s what this book says. That’s what the movie is saying and so I related to Meg very much, very much.”
I really feel like this movie is about changing the world. Her goal was to inspire children, but like I said before I left the theater feeling inspired. She said that movies have the power to inspire us to do things that politicians and even CDC reports can’t do. It’s the stories we see on the screen like Philadelphia. It’s these images we see, stories are powerful and she said she believes in this story and hopes to “plant seeds with young people at this time.” She went on to say,
“There’s a lot of division and darkness in the world to be able to say you could be a light and that if your individual light shines, you know, Oprah always says it’s easier to for one light to illuminate a dark room. So if we were the darkness in this room and someone just turned on one candle there would be light in the air. But it’s really hard for light to drown out– darkness to drown out light.”
She really hopes that if we start with young people, and we all understand that we can do something then maybe we can do something. Kids need to know that they can make a difference. We need people to be empathetic and whole hearted. Wrinkle In Time to me illustrates this.
“This is for the kids. Get a life, you know. Are you that cynical that you can’t just smile when the girl flies? You know, can you not smile at a talking flower? Can you not just, you know, what I mean? Like when you see those women standing in that wheat field and the camera goes over the grass and over and just be like that’s beautiful. Are you that hard that you can’t even see that? And so hopefully there are people who see it and it doesn’t have to be a lot of people. “
I have so much to say about this movie and all the women behind it. These women in the movie are more than beautiful actors, they do more they represent more and in the middle of a time where women are being heard. She talked about how strong Reese is, she never stops. She has a clothing line, a book club, and is out there producing movies and talking about how woman can do more. Mindy was picked because she is so unique. She is able to do a lot with very little.
So if you walk out of Wrinkle in Time and you don’t like it, I think Ava’s hope is that it still made you think. She wants all her movies to be “meaningful” and not “junk food where you come in, you see the movie and you walk out and you forget about it by the time you get to the car.” So go see Wrinkle In Time and breathe it in. Soak it in. Think about the levels and what this means to future generations.