Wrinkle in Time: to see or not to see?
I loved the Murry family as a kid, and I am feeling alternately cautious and hopeful about seeing them on the big screen. It's not that I wanted the production team to hew closely to the original in the details. When I was a kid I loved that Mrs. Murry was a redhead, an un-beautiful kid who became a beautiful adult -- a scientist and a mom of many. I hope that girls from minority backgrounds who watch this new version also see something to hope for.
The thing that troubles me is this: Hollywood does goodness badly. Remember Prince Caspian? I'm still grumpy about the movie version of Prince Caspian. Remember Galadriel? I can't even with the movie version of Galadriel. And goodness is at the very heart of Wrinkle in Time. The core truth of the book is that humanity lives under a shadow, but the shadow can be overcome. I don't expect them to put Jesus front and center as Chief Shadow-Piercer, the way that L'Engle did, but I'm hoping to hear something like her litany of names -- people who strove for wisdom and goodness across the centuries.
I will be so bummed if the darkness turns into something to flirt with, something maybe not that bad. I guess it's hard to make a giant pulsing brain attractive. I hope so. (I typed that sentence assuming everybody and her hamster had read Wrinkle in Time, but maybe I should hide the potentially spoiler-y bit. Just highlight it with your mouse if you want to read it.)
I'm intrigued by the special effects possibilities, which could be fun to see on the big screen. And I suppose we're living in the right era for a movie about pushing back against conformity. It's not just a book about doing your own thing, though; it's a book about how you -- yes, you -- are uniquely able to fight against evil in the place where you happen to find yourself. Maybe because you love words, maybe because you love math, maybe because you have been put together as a formidably tenacious person -- but really because you have been put together in a way that equips you to love the people around you like nobody else can love them.
Will that come through loud and clear in the movie? I'm worried that it won't.