Monday, July 17, 2017

Disney and Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle in Time' gets a magical teaser trailer

Ava DuVernay has established herself as a vital filmmaking voice in a very short period of time, and I have to imagine that she's only going to grow in fame from here. After breaking onto the indie scene with Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay shot to wide success with Selma, an acclaimed biopic of Martin Luther King that debuted to universal acclaim in 2014. Since then, DuVernay has continued to embrace the unexpected, directing an Oscar-nominated documentary with 13th, lining up a TV show about the Central Park Five, and dabbling with the idea of taking on Marvel's Black Panther. But even after DuVernay departed the latter project due to creative differences with the studio, Disney was able to find a place for the director at the studio with an adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle's classic novel. With this hotly anticipated film, DuVernay becomes the first African-American woman to helm a movie with a budget of over $100 million, a remarkable achievement that was long overdue. At this weekend's D23 convention, Disney took the opportunity to debut the first trailer for the film, which was promptly released online. Check it out below!

I read A Wrinkle in Time when I was in elementary school, but I would be lying if I said that I remembered anything about it or had any fond memories of the novel. I remember finding the book to be a bit strange and confusing, like a Roald Dahl story that just didn't work. So the cool thing about this film is that I really don't have any pre-conceived notions. DuVernay can surprise me with something spectacular and new and I won't have any idea of how it diverts from the book. This is a really strong trailer, one that showcases a dazzling, thoroughly imaginative journey through time and space. The trend of a slowed-down cover is cliche at this point, but the use of "Sweet Dreams are Made of This" is incredibly effective, and there are some visuals in this trailer that click extremely well. DuVernay appears to have made a blockbuster without compromising an ounce of her artistic vision, and that makes me very excited to check this out. Plus- that cast! Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Andre Holland, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena, Gugu Mbatha-Raw- what a stunning lineup of talented people. A Wrinkle in Time looks unique, fresh, and original, and that's why I can't wait. It looks like DuVernay may have cooked up something special with this one.

A Wrinkle in Time debuts on March 9, 2018. 

Poster: IMDB

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