Inside ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ | Anatomy of a Scene


Hi, I’m Ava DuVernay,
the director of “A Wrinkle in Time.” [music] So at this point in
“A Wrinkle in Time,” this is Meg’s first world. So she’s just hopped
to her first planet. And one of the reasons why I
really wanted to do this movie was just the very
image of a girl of color traversing
through the universe, having these adventures. In this moment Meg Murry —
played by my great leading lady Storm Reid — she’s being asked
to talk to flowers. Because everyone knows that
flowers are the best gossipers in the universe. And one of the things
about the design of this is I wanted it to feel
like our characters were in a world that was somewhat
real, but somewhat animated. So I wanted to make sure
that it wasn’t hyper-real. We’re not trying to make
everything look real. We like the fact
that the flowers have a bit of a cartoon quality. I always wanted to
step inside a cartoon. So this is basically Meg
stepping inside of it. Here Mrs. Whatsit — played
by Reese Witherspoon — turns into creature Whatsit. And this is a big
change from the book. In the book creature
Whatsit is a centaur — half woman, half horse. What we wanted to do is update
Madeleine L’Engle’s beautiful work in “A Wrinkle in
Time” — the author — and create something that
hadn’t been seen before. Because we’ve seen
centaurs on screen. So we created this
beautiful leaf-like creature who pulls from the environment. And creature Whatsit
it now looks like this. [music] And this quote by Mrs. Who —
played by Mindy Kaling — Dang. And observed by
Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which — is another update
to Madeline L’Engle’s work to create a new vision
of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Oh. Woo-hoo.

56 thoughts on “Inside ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ | Anatomy of a Scene

  1. A Wrinkle in Time is a "weird" book; all the movies before it have been "weird" as well. What makes people have the expectation that this one isn't?? Personally, I love it! It's different and creative, like something I would dream of as a kid. I read this book as a child; I would want to watch the movie as a child too.

  2. Scientists do not believe in fairy tales and are afraid to travel in time and in human fantasies.Only the filmmakers can do this quite calmly, because they are masters … In one scene, a flying Charles Wallace stretches out a small hand to stroke Winfrey’s cheek. It feels like the most sincere shot in the movie … Real artists are born to make a fairy tale come true …

  3. I just knew Corporate America was going to screw this up. Just like they did the last pathetic attempt to bring this to the screen.

  4. this movie wanted to be Narnia, but world feels like a mix of random ideas. without taking the time to think if it actually is an good idea.

  5. LISTEN UP AMERICA, THIS MOVIE IS PROPAGANDA. IF YOU HATE CHRISTIANITY AND ARE A LEFTIST, THEN THIS MOVIE IS FOR YOU. IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND NOT MOHAMMED THEN THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR YOU. BOYCOTT THIS CRAP. TAKE YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH INSTEAD OF A MOVIE THAT FILLS ONLY OPRAHS WALLET.

  6. The transformation looks beautiful. I love that the fabric just kind of swirls around her but then when she becomes the creature, I was just kind of torn. I love the centaur imagery because it was more iconic.

    Every single depiction of Whatsit transformed was a centaur. Here, the CGI looks great but she looks like a cross between Mantine from Pokémon and a cabbage

  7. How dare you "update" Madeleine L'Engle's work. And Oprah? Give me a break. I wouldn't walk across the street to see this. I wouldn't spend a dime on anything with Oprah in it.

  8. Hey Ava DuVernay, Where was the 2D world? Like the book, this movie sucked, just to think she almost ruined Black Panther

  9. Omg. My favorite scene ever. Imagine looking up at the sky and then seeing a giant leaf flying. If it's dangerous, I would run as fast as that cartoon roadrunner.

  10. 1:05 "What we wanted to do is update Madeleine L'Engle's beautiful work … create something that hadn't been seen before, because we've seen centaurs…" Mrs. Whatsit did not turn into a "half woman, half horse" as Director Ava says. I guess her imagination wasn't up to what the author described!
    I quote the book: She was a marble white body with powerful flanks, something like a horse but at the same time completely unlike a horse, for from the magnificently modeled back sprang a nobly formed torso, arms, and a head resembling a man's, but a man with a perfection of dignity and virtue, an exaltation of joy such as Meg had never before seen. No, she thought, it's not like a Greek centaur. Not in the least.
    From the shoulders slowly a pair of wings unfolded, wings made of rainbows, of light upon water, of poetry. [Chapter: The Black Thing]
    We don't NEED a "new vision of A Wrinkle in Time!" We don't need hip talk, diversity in cast, big-name stars, and agendas (environmental or empowering). We want that book brought to the screen; Meg's braces, Charles' blue eyes, the Mrs's quirky looks, and a ginger Calvin!

  11. Just because it's something that's never been seen before, it doesn't mean it's a good idea. She could've turned into a giant tapeworm with the head of a lemon and giant clownshoes for wings, and it would in fact look extremely stupid. They could've kept her centaur-like and still give her a plant theme.

  12. When Mrs. Whatsit turned into a floating cabbage her face kind of looked like the tooth fairy from Rise of the Guardians

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