Zach Galifianakis talks 'A Wrinkle in Time' and working with Oprah

This image released by Disney shows Reese Witherspoon left and Storm Reid in a scene from

This image released by Disney shows Reese Witherspoon left and Storm Reid in a scene from"A Wrinkle In Time

She endured 26 publishing rejections, got it into print in 1962 and saw it zoom around the world in 35 different languages. That's especially my honest wish for these words about A Wrinkle In Time. new from the Wonderful World of Disney. "Can I tap into the 11-year-old, 12-year-old and 13-year-old in me, and find that light that I used to have, that dreamer?"

The latest unfilmable novel to get the big-screen treatment is A Wrinkle in Time. The movie is directed by Ava DuVernay who is a pioneer for black female directors and a genuine talent in Hollywood.

"My father is alive", says Meg (Storm Reid). By facing IT, Meg is facing her own demons and insecurities head on and sending them packing. The mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Meg's little brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) are also still at home, not knowing where Mr. Murry has gone or if he's coming back. A whole subplot about the conflict between Meg and her father, as well as the great beasts that help Meg recover, has been left out. Unfortunately, Mr. Murry has become a prisoner of evil forces on a far distant planet. "And they made these vibrant, really, really glorious films during a certain era", she said. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit were actually supposed to be or represent. Who (Mindy Kaling). On their journey, they meet a sassy seer (Zach Galifianakis) and a red-eyed puppet (Michael Peña).

Oprah, meanwhile, admitted she'd be interested in checking out with Wild West. The novel's crushingly ordinary twins have been jettisoned from the movie. And how to retain the story's human pulse amid such an effects-dependent and design-driven project? Half the time, I expected the cast of "A Wrinkle in Time" to break out into "Hair", the eponymous song from the 1960s musical play of the same name. The third tessering, comprising a shot of Earth and a shaft of light pointing the way to the kids' next stop, makes for a lovely transition. The film could have used more "show, don't tell" moments.

Ava DuVernay has independent filmmaking in her bones, so the step up to a $100 million Disney spectacle like " was a considerable one. Hip-hop quotes, eating disorders, a "Hamilton" reference? The emotional urgency, however, doesn't quite translate to the overall picture.

Ultimately, that is the underlying problem with "A Wrinkle in Time". Too many women of color in my life have described the exact anxieties that Meg suffers through in this film, and how long it took them to realize that they were not alone in that suffering. "Your father's trapped by an evil energy". Fantasy does the necessary work of reminding us that what's in front of us isn't all there is, and that sometimes discovering new possibilities is as easy as changing your perspective. The New Zealand location filming, the California locales and the elaborate soundstage environments never fully mesh into a coherent style.

"Watching A Wrinkle in Time unfold, I had to keep checking myself, wondering if perhaps the reason the film wasn't working for me was because I'm not its target audience-a young adult". Judy Blume did her best, but I largely stopped reading about girls I wanted to be and started reading books about young women I thought I should want to be.

Well, if A Wrinkle In Time performs well at the box office, there are four more installments in the Time Quintet to adapt.

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