We’ll get back to red carpetry in a sec, but this weekend just happened to set off several pop culture bombs (thanks to the Disney expo and the Doctor Who reveal) and some of them practically begged for our opinions. Not really, but we have to say something to justify the constant spewing of them, so “the universe needs to hear what we have to say” tends to be our go-to. It’s the sentiment that fuels 98% of online content, after all.
Anyway, THIS happened:
And our little hearts went “pitter-pat.”
First, this series of books was very, very important to Little Tom, growing up fat, gay and in Catholic school at the time he first read them. This is said not to make you feel sorry for Little Tom, who went on to have the life he dreamed of, but to point out that this series of books by Madeleine L’Engle – especially this one in particular – was an ode to the idea that ugliness is a lie, that awkwardness is a super-power, and that the weird (and more importantly, the brainy) ones will save the whole damn universe. To ANY kid, but especially to kids who felt particularly disenfranchised, that message was and still is incredibly powerful. It’s the basis of so much young adult fantasy, from Harry Potter to the Narnia books. But L’Engle managed something that very few authors had: she got deep inside the heads of awkward kids with self esteem issues in a way that resonated with millions of readers for generations. And then she turned them into superheroes – by telling them to remain awkward, sensitive and brainy.
And then director Ava DuVernay took over the reins, insisted on a diverse cast for the adaptation, and produced what looks like some astounding visual moments, which is exactly what this story requires:
For a story that is largely about not conforming, not letting the dominant paradigm beat you into submission and not changing the fundamentals of who you are to please other people, to see such a beautifully colorful cast telling this story only makes the themes that much more potent. We make no claims about the quality of this film in the end, but we think this trailer does a pitch-perfect job of showing exactly why hiring a more diverse cast and crew can result in a film with much more resonance to a modern audience.
And OPRAH LOOKS FLAMAZING.
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle available on amazon.com.
[Photo Credit: Disney, amazon.com – Stills: Disney, Tom and Lorenzo – Video Credit: Disney Movie Trailers via YouTube.com]