This is our first look at the first full trailer for the movie based on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book A Wrinkle in Time. Ava DuVernay’s adaptation is probably taking some massive liberties with the material, but from what we can see, they’re all changes you’d need to make to transport a work previously considered unfilmable into a completely new medium with new requirements.
The trailer shows us an interpretation of A Wrinkle in Time that made your skin tingle.
The storyline is pretty obvious from the trailer: young Meg (Storm Reid) finds out her father (Chris Pine) has been captured by a sinister force, and she must journey across space and time to rescue him. And of course, only she and her siblings have the power to do it.
Every science fiction and fantasy film must transport us into a new universe, and it must do this in part by establishing a coherent design. This happens in the writing, of course, but also in the music, the sound environment, and most of all in the visuals. A Wrinkle in Time looks like one of the more powerfully designed films we’ve seen in the past several years. It owes no fealty to the visual design of previous installments of a series, so it gets to break new ground, and the results are obviously breathtaking.
I loved this book when I was growing up, and I’m glad it made it through the gauntlet of rejection slips from major publishers when it was first written. At least two dozen publishers turned it away, and I guess you’d have to view the situation through the social and political lens of the world as it was in 1962 when it was first published to understand why. I’m pleased that this work is now rising to prominence once again, and that we can collectively see the world through different eyes.
A Wrinkle in Time from Disney Studios hits theaters March 9 2018. Time to go reread the book first while we wait.