Black Panther,' 4 weeks in, tops 'A Wrinkle in Time'

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It looked wonderful, diverse, powerful, unique and trippy. It's the first time two films by black directors with budgets over $100 million topped the box office.

That's why DuVernay tried whenever possible to inform A Wrinkle In Time with her own experiences, from Meg's hair journey to the places where the movie was filmed.

So far in the franchise's history, all eight films - including the two spin-offs "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and the Han Solo standalone movie - have been directed by white male filmmakers.

Then Coogler got especially deep, recalling when DuVernay lost her father a few years ago and used her pain to make even more impressive art. "Ava, the warrior, weathered that loss while making 13th to show everyone with a Netflix subscription that American slavery never ended - it had only morphed".

"I almost lost my father, and it nearly broke me in half", he recalled. Whereas Charles Wallace and Calvin are able to dimension-hop easily, the weight of Meg's sadness and insecurity make it hard for her to move through the universe. One day Meg's brilliant younger brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), introduces Meg to three supernatural beings: Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) who tell the three children that they can help them find Meg's father. Such is the case with "A Wrinkle in Time".

DuVernay shoots for the stars with a highly stylized look and energy to the film that's both visionary and referential. Still, the messages that "A Wrinkle in Time" gives is a universal, and highly needed message for people of all ages, races, genders, sizes, sexual orientations, etc. And while we're assembling our Great Expectations Wish List, let me add one more thing. She was good when she was there, but her character is sidelined for most of the film. This relationship alone sets A Wrinkle in Time apart from other recent YA adaptations. In watching the film, there were feelings of curiosity, sympathy and enjoyment. Who is the random guy who joins Meg on her mission?

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The outside world is dismissive, including the school principal, who flat-out tells Meg her dad probably won't be coming back.

The author's granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, has spoken of how it gave her grandmother a crisis of confidence. Which comforts Meg after their arrival on the planet of the Happy Medium (Zach Galifianakis) is one of the film's most effective moments. It's a push and pull situation that's mostly successful. Though heavy-handed at times, A Wrinkle in Time does present a unique vision that is perhaps most interesting in what it attempts than what it achieves. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) serve as a more attractive, elegant version of the Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion as they guide Meg and Charles Wallace through their journey in time. While L'Engle's book, published in 1962, isn't explicitly concerned with the rules of society (the protagonists' journey does hinge on giving humanity a fighting chance against evil) it does feature a myriad of hefty science fiction ideas to buy into alongside its focus on love and forgiveness.

And with that, the film feels very targeted at children. Worst of all, it just is not that fun to watch.

"A Wrinkle in Time" is an attractively crafted movie with a lot to like about it, but it also suffers from some serious writing and tonal issues that should've been addressed during production. There is a lot going on, but not much of it connects.

"That's what inclusiveness is to me in this film, is really looking at all of us have a role to play in this no matter where we come from or what we look like", Lee said.

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