Disney new film “A Wrinkle In Time” is a beautiful story about a young girl (Storm Reid “Meg Murry”) and her little brother (Deric McCabe “Charles Wallace”) who set out a dangerous journey, to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe, to find their missing father. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller “Calvin”), the three are guided by mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).
“A Wrinkle In Time” is base on the iconic novel by Madeleine L’Engle. I had an opportunity to attend the press conference for the film, in Hollywood California where a few of the cast from the film share thoughts about the movie.
Although Director Ava DuVerney doesn’t have children she wanted to create a film that would spark the inner child in all of us.
“This is a film for young people. And people who are young at heart. And for me, I have to ask myself, do I still have a heart, first of all? And is there an inner child still in me? Did I tap into the 11-year-old, the 12-year-old, the 13-year-old in me, and find that light that I used to have, that dreamer? And so I got to do that for two years. I got to really get in touch with all that I thought I would be when I was young and really tap into that and try to create some magic with this great group of people.” ~ Ava DuVernay
Ava Duvernay, who previously produced Selma,
” We’re living in a chaotic time as adults. But imagine if you’ve only been on the earth for ten years, and 11 years, and 12 years. The tension that you feel and so to be able to just give a little breather and to say who you are is enough, and this is how you’re gonna make it through by finding something in yourself that guides you. We all have that little voice inside of us, and a lot of times we don’t listen to it.” ~ Ava Duvernay,
Initial after seeing the trailer for a “A Wrinkle In Times”, I assumed the film was geared towards little girls. However, Zach Galifianakis who plays “The Happy Medium”. Shared what boys can learn from seeing this film.
“Yeah. I think it’s good because it’s nice for young boys, young men even, to see that it is okay to have a sensitive side of you. I think when young boys in this climate, they are seen as sensitive. And they’re made fun of, but that doesn’t mean they’re not strong, it means they’re stronger to me. And I wish we would just kind of change that. You know, I come from a very masculine upbringing and a lot of people do it. I love the way I was raised, but looking back, we need balance. It’s time for balance. I think that’s what the happy medium is.” ~Zach Galifianakis
In the film, Meg (Storm Reid) is a bullied by other kids at school and made fun of because her dad is missing. Rowan Blanchard “Veronica” share what she thinks teenage girls can take away from Veronica and Meg relationship.
“…I think as teen girls we sort of get very basic and one dimensional representation of ourselves on screen, and so it was interesting that this story was about a bully and this girl and Meg, became a story about female friendship I think, and that comes across during the whole film, and sort of what’s hiding behind a bully or behind pain.” ~Rowan Blanchard
Today’s youth, unfortunately, live in very dark time. When Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which) was asked by did she think it’s possible to be hopeful in times like this one? Oprah responded by saying..
“Oh yeah, for sure. I think the darkness is there to help bring out the light in all of us. And if you think about it, if we turned all the lights off in this room, and you just held one person just held a candle, you would start to dissipate the darkness. You would banish the darkness. And look at how much darkness it would take to actually engulf all the light that every candle would hold in this room. So just, it just takes a little bit of light. Just a little bit of light. That’s what we’re hoping for. A little bit of light. And if everybody can get that message, that’s how we have hope in the world. We’re looking for warriors who can bring hope back.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
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