Let’s get the elephant out of the room, it’s not great. That being said, way more people should have gone out to see it. This should have made an impact.
Ava DuVernay recently made huge waves for both her film Selma but also, the lack of nominations for the masterclass in storytelling that Selma was. She was later given A Wrinkle in Time and be the second woman (but first woman of colour) to be given a budget of over $100 million. The first being Patty Jenkins with Wonder Woman.
We all see the awful state that the film industry is in. That even powerful producers like Kathleen Kennedy come up with excuses as to why we can’t give big budget films to women because they lack experience with that much money – yet, they have no problem doing so to male directors. Again in this exact situation, Kathleen and Spielberg himself gave Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World ($150 million) after his film Safety Not Guaranteed ($750,000). A huge jump when considering Selma was roughly 20 million, and her film Middle of Nowhere was $200,000.
If it sounds like this scenario makes me angry, you’re goddamned right.
Anyway, so the film, it’s a children’s film – and that’s not a bad thing but it feels like the movie talks down to them. It doesn’t fully respect their intelligence, which is ironic when your two main characters are geniuses. It reminds me too much of Tomorrowland which is fun and great, but the movie eventually sits you down and tells you it’s message. And maybe that is the way we need to speak to the children and youth of today, but I don’t think so. I also don’t believe we should hide our message in secrecy and metaphors, but a bit more magic can be found in the middle ground they should be treading on. Let them imagine a better world instead of showing what imagination can be.
The film feels like I was watching it in fast-forward. There isn’t much story as we flow very quickly towards the ending and I just wanted to wait, and sit and smell those flowers – and hell, talk to them a bit more.
I love Ava’s cast. Seeing André Holland, and bringing David Oyelowo back was nice. I loved that in Meg’s school – James Baldwin High School by the way – she passed a wall of women in literature. Ava had gotten this wonderful opportunity to let people be seen in a huge Disney film, and she didn’t shy away from it. Even though it didn’t make much money in the box office, I can’t help but be aware that she walked away from that film proud of what she made.