I was a nerdy kid. Specifically, one of those kids who always had a backpack full of books. On family road trips, I usually had to stash extra books in my suitcase, because road trips were for reading, not sightseeing.
Although the Spring season is still quite a ways away, when I saw that the trailer for "A Wrinkle in Time" dropped, I had to review it. After all, it is too hard to resist a movie trailer that is based on one of my favorite childhood books.
While I am no longer a child, I am still a nerd who loves books. My nerdiness shouldn't be much of a surprise to any of you, since this is a website were we like to over-analyze movie box office grosses in hopes of winning a t-shirt and bragging to our friends.
In case you haven't read the book, "A Wrinkle in Time" is a story about a girl named Meg, her brother, and her friend from school. When Meg's father disappears, three magical women help the children travel through space and time to save him from evil.
The father is played by Chris Pine. I will not say anything else about him, since any discussion of action movie Chrises tends to get me into trouble.
The magical women: Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which, are played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah. I love Oprah. Like, love, love, love Oprah. (Is it okay to say that on FML, or will a certain rival talk show host come after me?) However, she tends to take me out of the movie when she appears as an actress. I expect for her to start handing out cars, or for David Letterman to come out of the woodwork and start doing the "Oprah/Uma" bit.
There are lots of crazy special effects scenes in the "A Wrinkle in Time" trailer, and I think that the movie will have great cinematography. It is directed by Ava DuVernay, who directed "Selma", which is a point in its favor.
A cover of the song "Sweet Dreams" plays throughout the trailer. There are few songs that are creepier than "Sweet Dreams", so it definitely sets the tone for the adventure that Meg and her colleagues should experience in "A Wrinkle in Time".
Also creepy; suburbia. I get lost because of the identically named streets. One of the worlds that the children visits looks like a generic suburb in which everyone acts the same. Bellamy Young aka my girl Mellie Grant from "Scandal", is featured prominently in the scene showing this world in the trailer. I love me some Mellie, but I wouldn't like to encounter her in a crazy space adventure.
During the Spring 2016 Fantasy Movie League season, I learned to (almost) never bet against Disney movies when I failed to play "The Jungle Book" during its opening weekend. It was ugly. Like, almost rage quitting the game levels of ugly. Fortunately, I've learned my lesson, and will probably be playing "A Wrinkle in Time", when it comes out next spring.