Storm Reid on 'Wrinkle' star Oprah Winfrey: 'She's like a regular person'

Ava DuVernay's real Hollywood magic

The Biggest Challenges in Making A WRINKLE IN TIME

Who (Mindy Kaling; The Office), inform Meg, Charles Harris and Meg's friend Calvin (Levi Miller) that the tesseract, a phenomenon explained as folding space and time in order to travel through dimensions, really does exist and that Meg and Charles Wallace's father (Chris Pine; Star Trek) is trapped in one of the dimensions. Everything about the Missus is pitched at a level too high; director Ava DuVernay clearly finds them more charming than you likely will. (Witherspoon, in particular, looks fully aware how stranded she is.) A Wrinkle in Time turns into a road movie for its middle third, as we hop from one spot to another until landing on The It, which is poorly defined but still serves as the de facto villain for the last third. Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is about 14 or 15. Eventually she trusted her initial impulse and went back to Reid. But beyond Meg's attractive locks, the weirdo wigs (one appears to be an inert crimson fox perched on Witherspoon's head) and scary clothes, "A Wrinkle in Time" suggests a pop American version of those Narnia films, complete with allegorical lessons and the usual platitudes, including, ye gods, "Be true to yourself".

There are various points in A Wrinkle in Time, when it seems like the story will truly get going. As presented in the movie, the film's themes of light and dark would be right at home in Oz - there's even a tornado - as would its sentiments about heart, brains and courage, all of which Meg has quite a lot of, as played fiercely by Storm Reid. It's like the universe had this in mind. Things are meant to be.

At 11, I pretty much had the book memorized.

This is the story of Meg, a girl angry at the world after the disappearance of her father four years earlier. "It was the like the United Nations", says Storm Reid, about working on the film "A Wrinkle in Time". It also reminded me of The Never Ending Story in some regards; only the latter did it much better.

I wanted to love this movie, but I ended up thinking it was just OK in the end.

Q. Just a couple of weeks after "Black Panther", we have a big movie where the lead is a young black girl.

Although Mrs. Whatsit's transformation into a magnificent flying creature is as exhilarating and the eerily choreographed playtime on the planet Camazotz as spine-chilling as I could have hoped, my cinematic experience was a bit of a letdown.

As Disney adapted the beloved children's book "A Wrinkle in Time" (1962) into a major motion picture - with no less than Oprah Winfrey on the star-studded cast list - the studio cut out a great deal along the way. The trio of films based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series had similar issues adapting the British author's fantasy books-as-Christian allegory into a Hollywood movie franchise. A Wrinkle in Time is kind of dumb. I think the film was an 80-day shoot, and I was on the set for 78 days. Most of the film's creative energy is spent world-building - not just one world, but one after another after another, nearly like levels of a video game, each slightly more hard than the last for its characters to navigate. But it's impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain.

The smell is distinct enough for Calvin to recognize the method of cooking, but not so distinct that he would know what it is he is smelling I guess. They show her dealing with the bully next door (in this version, a girl coping with an eating disorder) and the sweetness of her memories of her father.

Listen to Sway's intro at the top of the interview, and then you can hear Ava immediately speak on her emcee days, along with a clip of her rapping.

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