A Wrinkle in Time, is a highly awaited fantasy/sci-fi Disney movie that came out 23rd March 2018. This movie has been publicised as the movie containing iconic, ground-breaking females and apparently exposes need to know messages about heroes, since the main character is a female hero on a journey of discovery. A Wrinkle in Time was orginally a book published 1st January 1962, written by Madeleine L'Engle. The book is about the story of Meg Murry, a high-school aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. You may be asking right now, if this book was published in 1962 'Why did it take so long to finally make its move into the world of Hollywood?' However, now that it has; how is the film different from the book? Well... Meg Murry and her little brother Charles Wallace have been without their scientist father Mr Murry for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there, joined by Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe and guided by three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all the evil in the universe.

The cast of this fantasy movie includes females like: Oprah Winfrey who plays Mrs Which, Reese Witherspoon who plays Mrs Whatsit, Mindy Kalling who plays Mrs Who and finally a new young actress comes into the works: Storm Reid who plays the main female protagonist 'Meg Murray.' The Director of A Wrinkle in Time also highlights the importance of this movie, Ava DuVernay is an award winning female film Director who has made her mark in Hollywood by directing mind-challenging, moving movies such as Selma and 13th. Ava DuVernay is the first female African-American to receive a Golden-Globe nomination earned for her film 'Selma' which illustrates the life of Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King.

Now, Ava DuVernay has branched out into the world of fantasy and science fiction establishing a political agenda in the new movie 'A Wrinkle in Time.' Although, there is still the question: Why did it take 54 years to turn A Wrinkle in Time into a movie? The simple answer would be that the movie industry was afraid of the message it conveys to the younger generation. The main protagonsit is a young female, who is an outsider about to embark on a journey which does not conform to the structure of normalcy. At the centre of it all is Storm Reid as the hero and this scares some members of the public because it is a sign that society is slowly changing. Storm Reid is the last piece of an all-powerful cast, DuVernay chose Oprah Winfrey (the most prolific legend of television, an artist and an entrepreneur), then we have Reese Witherspoon (the hottest producer in town) and finally Mindy Kalling (one of the few women running show, with her own name, about her). So, DuVernay made a strategic decision when choosing to put these three females together as a unit, if you are thinking about celestial beings according to this film director your mind thinks of them.

As a fantasy movie, directors, screenwriters and producers were exactly thrilled with developing this type of movie because the beliefs and ideals are first of all completely out of the ordinary and are not easy to grasp. In the world of Hollywood, you have to be sure that in order to spend money you are going to make money. With a movie like 'A Wrinkle in Time' this is not certain. Even Ava DuVernay said: "Women directors, we're not getting people calling us up saying, 'Hey let's talk about this $100 million sci-fi epic.'" Now that it has finally come out in cinema, the reviews have not been that great unfortunately... Joe Morgenstern from Wall Street Journal described A Wrinkle in Time as: "Disney's version of the Madeleine L'Engle young-adult novel is a magical mystery tour minus the magic and mystery, and a great disappointment."

So, if I was going to answer as to whether or not the movie 'A Wrinkle in Time' establishes a political agenda I would truthfully say not entirely because although the cast is iconic this does not mean the message is. My advice would be: read the book but maybe don't go as far as watching the movie. 

 

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DOES THE MOVIE 'A WRINKLE IN TIME' ESTABLISH A POLITICAL AGENDA?