Most of us have read Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time," even if we struggle to remember everything about it or maybe even never fully understood some of it's bigger ideas. But the book had images that still linger in the corners of our minds, and the story of a little girl searching for her father is as timeless as ever.
Now, in Disney's full trailer for Ava DuVernay's upcoming adaptation, that vision comes to life in such vivid color and wonder, we didn't even realize this is what we've been waiting for. This story haunted our nights and enlivened our days with hope and wonder.
From cryptic moments like the little kids bouncing their balls in their driveways in perfect unison to the ethereal and bizarre adults who need a little girl to save everything -- and her father along the way -- it looks like everything is there and as it should be.
Either someone in the trailer department at Disney is an absolute genius, or "A Wrinkle in Time" is going to be one of the best family films of 2018. When people talk about classic Disney films, this is what they're thinking of. Yes, there are young leads in this film, and all three of them seem to capture the essences of their characters perfectly without looking like "kid stars."
Winfrey brings a poise and gravitas to Mrs. Which that stands in beautiful contrast to the more airy performances by Kaling and Witherspoon as Who and Whatsit, respectively ... and Galifianakis is just that bit of wackiness to keep things from getting too dark. It's that beautiful Disney balance where you can explore darkness but that glimmer of light is always there to keep you from getting too scared.
Yes, the character names are weird. This book -- and the world of sequels it spawned -- is weird. It's weird and beautiful and really hardcore spacey science fiction, but it's also a heartwarming story of the power of love and family and friendship on the inside.
It is a book tailor-made for proper Disney treatment, and it's so exciting that technology has finally reached the point we can see this story given its proper justice in live-action.