Why “A Wrinkle in Time” Will Be the Weirdest, Most Incredible Movie of 2018

Matthew Loffhagen
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Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is either going to be absolutely incredible, or utterly terrible.

There’s no middle ground here; not from a movie that looks this outlandish. Nine times out of ten, a film that strives for this kind of glitzy, glamorous, over-the-top aesthetic ends up falling completely flat.

There is, though, the rare exception; times when going all-in with a weird art and costume style ends up paying off in a big way, inspiring a generation of children, and changing the face of movies. If ever there was a time for a bright, colorful, unironic and enthusiastic portrayal of magic and fantasy, now is the time.

The teasers, trailers, and posters that we’ve seen for “A Wrinkle in Time” thus far suggest that this movie is going to be weird, but it’s not so out of the ordinary that it doesn’t fit in entirely with the kinds of stuff we’ve seen lately.

Bright, unashamedly pretty movies are gaining popularity lately, as something of a rejection of the dark, gritty films that have dominated for the past few years. “A Wrinkle in Time” feels a lot like a Disney Channel movie with an unlimited budget, which seems fitting considering that the last time the story was adapted for live action, it actually was a Disney Channel movie.

What really makes this movie feel special, though, is its director. Ava DuVernay has already done some incredible stuff, like the 2014 movie “Selma”, which was chronically overlooked by the Academy Awards despite being one of the year’s best movies.

If DuVernay can now work her magic on the teen fantasy drama, then this film is going to be utterly amazing.

It’ll be exciting to see just how good this ends up being.

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