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Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle In Time' Receives Divisive Early Reactions

Ava Duvernay's first attempt at a blockbuster premiered on Monday night, and early reactions are mixed.

A Wrinkle In Time is DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle's 1962 children book of the same name. Coming from the critical successes of Selma and 13th, the female filmmaker hopped to the blockbuster territory with this Disney epic about a girl (Storm Reid) looking for his lost father (Chris Pine).

Set to wide release on Marth 9, this adaptation is expected to further progressive ideas and celebrate cultural significance after the recent Africa-centric hit Black Panther. The intentionally diverse cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It's also the first movie directed by a black woman with a budget over $100 million.


After the Monday night world premiere, the audiences quickly jumped to social media to share their thoughts. There is a lot of admiration for Reid's performance and DuVernay's visuals and emotional impact.

Kat Candler, the showrunner of DuVernay's TV series Queen Sugar praises the inspiring influences.

Geek Girl Diva relates to the main character and compliments the movie's heart.

Still, film critics from CinemaBlend and The Playlist weigh in on the movie's weak narrative and lack of zeal.

And Christian D. Green is harsher than others:

While the consensus isn't negative, concerns for the movie's quality are understandable. Many have raised opinions about whether A Wrinkle In Time should carry any political statement that could overload its source material's coming-of-age themes.

The lack of official reviews, even nearly one day after the review embargo was lifted, speaks for itself. DuVernay has been hailed as a rising, visionary director with good intentions for progress, so a barrage of mixed reviews at this time might hurt her trajectory. For now, we should wait till March 9 to see how the movie turns out.