Wrinkle In Time in theaters 03/09/18
By Devon Biroczky
Hi everyone, Devon here!
A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend the press junket and interview the cast of A Wrinkle in Time. This is Disney’s latest movie that is set to come out in theaters everywhere this Friday, March 9th. Created by a diverse and immensely talented cast, this movie is set to be a hit! Make sure to check back in this Friday, opening day, to read my review on this movie!
In the meantime, let me tell you about how the press junket went. Here at the press junket was:
· Oprah Winfrey (“Mrs. Which”)
· Reese Witherspoon (“Mrs. Whatsit”)
· Mindy Kaling (“Mrs. Who”)
· Storm Reid (“Meg Murry”)
· Chris Pine (“Dr. Alex Murry”)
· Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Dr. Kate Murry”)
· Zach Galifianakis (“The Happy Medium”)
· Rowan Blanchard (“Veronica”)
· Levi Miller (“Calvin”)
· Deric McCabe (“Charles Wallace Murry”)
· Director Ava DuVernay
· Jennifer Lee (Screenplay by)
What an amazing cast, am I right?
One of the biggest things that stick out to me about this movie is all of the strong females we have in the cast, which was a huge topic of discussion during the junket. The movie was created by two female writer/directors, which Jennifer Lee talked about how she was smitten with the idea of right away. In her own words, “Because her incredible evocative storytelling, emotional storytelling, and what this film needed, because this is a journey across the universe, but at the heart of it is a family story and empowering young girls.”
That’s where Gugu’s role is so important; she plays Dr. Kate Murry, a scientist, Dr. Alex Murry’s wife, and Meg and Charles Wallace’s mother. Gugu told us about how Ava introduced the cast to an astrophysicist, Stephon Alexander. Stephon has written a book called The Jazz of Physics, and acted as somewhat of a consultant for the movie. Gugu said, “We got to talk to him a little bit about inside his mind and what it might mean and what it might take to sort of pursue those theories.”
Chris Pine chimed in, talking about how he plays a character who wants to help the world advance scientifically, with a culture that just isn’t ready for it. Dr. Alex Murry gets in so deep with his discoveries that his ambition becomes both a blessing and a curse. He’s so ambitious in the way that he really wants this to all become a reality for everybody, while also losing sight of what else is really important in life, mainly love. Chris explains how his character gets so disconnected from everything and that’s where Meg comes in to reintroduce him to everything and bring him home. Even during the creation of this movie, he talks about how much he enjoys working with kids and young adults, describing it as “If you work with a kid, they’re like a metronome. They just keep you right there; you got to be right there.” Especially with Storm, saying how she’s an authentic human and actress who helps keep him on track.
Later on in the junket, somebody asked a really great question, asking the cast to speak about the father and daughter relationship between Dr. Alex Murry and Meg, which is such a huge point in this movie. Storm was telling us how in the beginning, she was having a hard time stepping into Meg’s shoes, as she isn’t going through these experiences in real life as her character has been. As she was going through the motions with this character, she had to imagine it were her father in real life that had been missing for four years, and really had to “bridge the gap of how I would feel and how I would go through that,” and that’s what helped her to bring Meg to life.
One of the biggest moments in this press junket for me was a conversation between Ava DuVernay and Zach Galifianakis. Zach was explaining that being a comedic actor, sometimes you feel like that’s where you come from, so him being in such a huge movie is very emotional for him. Ava goes on to explain that when they were first showing everybody the movie, everyone was talking about how this movie would be great to show young girls, and Zach was the first person who said this would be a great movie for young boys too. He says how young boys and young men alike should all feel like it’s okay to have a sensitive side to you, as it doesn’t show that you’re weak, it actually shows that you’re stronger. My favorite thing he said was, “It’s time for balance. I think that’s what the happy medium is,” using a play on words for what his character is, and I really think that’s such a great point to make for everybody, boys and girls alike.
Oprah had some really great things to say at the end of the junket, in a perfect way to close out the questions. Somebody asked her, “You say in the movie that we need to restore hope. And that’s a beautiful talk. But do you think it’s possible to be hopeful in times like this one?”
Oprah says in her own words, “Oh yeah, for sure. I think the darkness is there to help bring out the light in all of us. And if you think about it, if we turned all the lights off in this room, and you just held one person just held a candle, you would start to dissipate the darkness. You would banish the darkness. And look at how much darkness it would take to actually engulf all the light that every candle would hold in this room. So just, it just takes a little bit of light. Just a little bit of light. That’s what we’re hoping for. A little bit of light. And if everybody can get that message, that’s how we have hope in the world. We’re looking for warriors who can bring hope back. Thank you.”
There was so much more talked about during the junket, I wish I were able to cover every single question and tell you guys all the nitty gritty details. Overall, this was such a great and interactive junket, everybody was able to get very personal in their answers and talk about in depth how they feel. This movie carries a lot of wonderful messages and I think it’d be a great movie for anybody to go see.
Like I said earlier, remember to come check back in on Friday to read my review on this film! A Wrinkle in Time comes to theaters everywhere on Friday, March 9th, so be sure to get your tickets! And if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below!
Devon Biroczky writes at Devon's Paige. She is a a newly-engaged 20-something just trying to figure things out in Southern California. She spends time working on cars, playing video games, experimenting with makeup and trying new looks. She loves entertainment, fun and fashion but she is "in-between," not plus-size, so the parts just don't fit in petite clothing... Such is her dilemma.