Being brought to life on the big screen on March 9, 2018 by director Ava DuVernay is the movie titled A Wrinkle In Time, starring Gugu Mgatha-Raw, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine along with Oprah Winfrey.
Author Madeleine L’Engle wrote the original A Wrinkle in Time which won the Newberry Medal in 1963 as a science fiction/fantasy, and it is many years later that the book has been redone to include an introduction by the famed director DuVernay to tie in with the upcoming film. What many movie goes may not realize is that A Wrinkle In Time is the first book in what is titled The Time Quintet consisting of A Wrinkle In Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
What is going to happen in the movie A Wrinkle in Time is that we will follow three children who are in search for their father who is somewhere in outerspace. How do the children get there? They are sent by odd beings.
This movie follows the number one movie, Black Panther, which was also a written work out of the 1960s. Black Panther was released on February 16, 2018 around the world and was easily the highest grossing of Marvel’s releases.
Many have asked if Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time will follow Black Panther, creating mass hysteria, as Black Panther did? Actually, some are calling for it to become just as big. I have my doubts. Huge doubts.
Although both A Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther are both of the Sci-Fi genre, they are worlds apart when it comes to entertainment style, therefore, one should not expect A Wrinkle in Time to pull the same box office numbers as Black Panther although both bring something absolutely amazing in the written word.
Firstly, Black Panther sums up what African Americans and Africans have desired for a long while now, and that is to be depicted in more than two or three ways on screen. African Americans and Africans were virtually absent from Hollywood big money makers when it comes to superheros because it was thought that there wasn’t a market. Black panther proved them wrong when African Americans created massive overflow at the box office, reserving seats beyond measure and in Africa, surely Black Panther made its mark, first in Kenya and then elsewhere, racking in the millions around the world. The movie Black Panther brought to life the semi-forgotten comic and it also brought a fiery power to the African diaspora as it is about time they are represented as they are – mighty, powerful and unique – in their own rights and in the world of science fiction. The connection from one continent to the next post a separation in reference to the despicable slave trade is a remarkable undertone in Black Panther making it reach the African diaspora in ways no other movie has in history.
As far as A Wrinkle in Time, it has it’s beauty and fantasy, and no matter how much a grand story it is, it is no match to Black Panther when it comes to touching on real life as far back as two hundred years tribal destruction. What I can predict is that A Wrinkle in Time will make millions at the box office, but won’t come close to Marvel’s Black Panther due to the fact that A Wrinkle In Time is that type of fantasy that has been done time and time over, although the story is brilliant.
It is truly unfair to compare the two. That would be like a lightweight meeting a heavyweight in a boxing ring. Both can fight, but one is clearly the winner from the start.