'A Wrinkle In Time' Is a Sci-Fi Coming of Age Story For Girls of Color
Coming right on the heels of Black Panther’s success, last week, A Wrinkle In Time was released in theatres and is doing great at the box office. Currently ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, hold the first and second spots in the box office.
Side Note: I find it very interesting that media is trying to pit these two films against each other. Saying, Black Panther, is "dominating" and other backhanded compliments like we should be upset that TWO black films are leading film right now. I don't ever see these types of headline when there are 12 shitty white films in theatre at the same time. Soon as two black people are successful, all the sudden it's "well this one isn't as good". Who cares? We both winning, and I love that Ava and Ryan have been publically expressing their support for one another.
Anyways, These books were one of my favorite series growing up and I have always wanted to see them adapted into a great feature film. I loved this film. I cried many times in the movie just because it was so beautiful and a story is overall about self-love. Also, if you tell me Ava Duvernay is involved in literally anything—I will arrive and be on time. Ava could put out a line of toilet paper, and I would be first in line to purchase. So, of course, I was there on Friday night to watch ‘A Wrinkle In Time’. I also grew up reading these books, so I was going to see this film regardless.
Without spoiling this film, I just want to quickly touch on some of the messages in this film. First of all, we have a mixed race black girl who is allowed to just be a black girl. I want to point out that in the books, Meg is a red-haired white girl. So the fact that Ava cast a black girl and it changed literally nothing about the story, is so important. Black people can play roles that have nothing to do with their skin color. I always say I'm tired of black films that are about black struggle. Anytime black folks get a chance it is when were slaves, maid or thugs. Where are our black leads and films that are just allowed to be regular people? This is one of these films. Furthermore, like Black Panther, a black girl interested in science, another thing we never get to see. Meg is a young teenage girl struggling with the sudden vanishing of her father, something that would fuck up any young child, but we’re allowed to see her be vulnerable. Black women are never allowed to be vulnerable, we’re always forced to fit the “strong black woman” stereotype. Meg was allowed to process her emotions and anger, while we see that she is still very smart and strong. I can’t gush enough about Oprah, who SLAYS in this role. I loved the fact she was bigger than everyone, both literally and figuratively (if you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean) and that she was wearing these bright vibrant colors. Dark skin women are always told we shouldn’t wear bold colors like green and orange because it attracts attention to our dark skin, and to see Oprah, one of the most iconic and recognizable black people on the planet, with diamond eyebrows and these bold orange color and greens, made the little dark skin girl within me so proud. Oprah is kind of the fairy god muva and who better to give you wisdom but Oprah? Oprah could breathe in my direction and I would feel eternally blessed. It's a sci-fi coming of age story for black girls.
I was slightly surprised to read that many people did not like the film, but after watching it, I can kind of understand why. Many things were changed from the books and if you didn’t read the books, it is a kind of hard to follow what is happening as the concepts are not explained well in the film. I saw some people who read the books, saying that it just didn't turn out how they envisioned it, which is understandable. I hate the Harry Potter films for the same reason. The film currently sitting at a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes if anyone cares, because I don't. This films just isn't for critics. Critics are overwhelming old white men, and full shade, but I do not care what they think about literally anything. Also, critics hated E.T. and now it's an iconic film, so critics opinion are really pointless. I also think we tend to judge works of POCs much harsher than those from white people, and the film kind of addresses this. We don’t allow any room for error or mediocrity when it comes to people of color. Everything has to be perfect or we shit on it because unfortunately, it can't just be a stand-alone work, it represents the whole community. Meanwhile, white people are allowed to be the most boring mediocre people on the planet and still get the highest praise. People of color need to be allowed to make mistakes and be mediocre because we are human and that's just humane shit. Also-also, it's a damn sci-fi/fantasy film, do you know how many sci-fi films make no damn sense? I still don't know what the fuck happened in Annihilation yet that white ass movie is sitting at 78% percent. So if you're holding out on seeing this, or online shitting on this film because it isn't perfect, you're trash.
During the press tour for this film, Ava herself said that this film is not for critics, it’s a love letter for black girls, and that is what I felt walking out of this film. Was it perfect? No, there are flaws, but that’s the whole point. We’re allowed to have flaws. This is the film I needed when I was a 10-13-year-old black girl and I am so excited that this upcoming generation of black girls have this film to watch and see themselves represented.
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