Next Screening, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time”

It seems as if we’ve all been hearing about this YA/sci-fi novel being turned into a movie since the Kennedy Administration.

Which we sort of have.

I don’t recall the Disney TV movie based on it, and never got around to the Newbery Medal winning book as a kid. Not a huge sci-fi buff back then, though I got around to John Christopher’s page-turning, violent actionish (boy hero, too), “Tripods” novels “Tripods” novels. Sexism. Must have been.

This one arrives in theaters with a huge helping of hype, and a marketing strategy that I am quite curious to watch to see how it pays off. Young unknown female lead, diversity and the feminine leads (Oprah, Reese, Mindy) featuring most prominently in the promotion. Will it declaw “Black Panther”?

In other words, will boys go see it, too, and in huge numbers? Fanboys as well?

Lot of money riding on it, and I don’t have a firm grasp from the trailers what to expect. So hoping for the best, guarded optimism and all that.

Let’s see what you’ve got. This much we know for sure. Disney, unlike the creators of “Gringo” (opening Friday), “The Hurricane Heist” (ditto) and “The Strangers: Prey at Night” is showing its wares to the reviewing press before release. How bad must those three March movies be to inspire that much fear?


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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