A Wrinkle in Time – Book vs Movie – Apples to Oranges by Jessie Smith
November is the time to Give Thanks for our family and for those who we consider family in our hearts. In that spirit, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is a celebration of sibling love in a classic tale of Good vs Evil. Meg’s father is a brilliant scientist who has some radical ideas about time and space. When he disappears, it’s up to his two intelligent children to come to his rescue.
Which version did I enjoy the most? Drum roll please… the 2018 Disney Movie!
That was a difficult decision and my inner child is very upset. A Wrinkle in Time was a childhood favorite story because the main character used love and her brain to defeat the enemy. I have read it many times and I recently listened to the amazing audiobook in preparation for this blog post. I was nervous to watch the movie because I wanted it done right and I’m thrilled that they did it justice.
The movie did a great job of modernizing the story by adding a diverse cast and adoption to further explore the meaning of family. The original story was set during a time when it was a scandalous to be a single parent unit and her father’s long disappearance ostracized Meg’s family. It was set during a time when Calvin didn’t have resources to handle what was happening in his household. Disney was able to show families from multiple viewpoints and to show love for those who are having troubles in their homes.
Who wouldn’t want Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey to be pseudo-fairy godmothers? Oprah’s Mrs. Which was comforting and authoritarian, Reese’s Mrs. Whatsit was whimsical and adorable but Mindy’s Mrs. Who with her updated quotes stole the show and again modernized this classic tale.
If the author, Madeleine L'Engle, were alive, I would like to believe she would have loved to see her science fiction come alive with the cinema special effects. I loved the costumes for the three immortal beings, watching Mrs. Whatsit transform into another creature, and seeing beautiful life on other planets. I just wish they were able to bring Aunt Beast into the story.
I really appreciated the way that Meg handled all types of disruptive people in her life. She stood up to the “It”, which was pure evil, and that experience allowed her to find compassion for her neighbor Veronica who was causing trouble for her in school. It was a powerful message for young girls.
If you want to experience this story, I would suggest reading the book first and then watching the movie. Both versions are enjoyable for kids and those who original read the story when they were kids.
Columnist: Jessie lives in Oregon and writes to avoid the rain. She only feels compelled to kill her characters when she starts a new diet and if she hates the ending of a TV episode she’ll rewrite it to give everyone a happily ever after. Currently Jessie is an unpublished author but she works tirelessly to removed two letters – un – from that word.