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Wrinkle in Time

Just watched the long-awaited WiT movie on Wonderful World of Disney and I have to say... I'm kind of disappointed. Now, I'm a purist when it comes to TV/movie adaptations of books... and I love Wrinkle; I'm pretty sure it was my first scifi book. I was bound to be a harsh critic. But this movie went off the plot far too many times and, although Katie Stuart is an adorable young lady and I liked Gregory Smith as Calvin more than I expected to (I still think they should have given him red hair, though), overall it had none of the snap of the book.

To be fair, I'm sure it's easy to critisize sitting along the sidelines... Wrinkle is a classic and not everything in it can be easily translated to a visual medium. And then of course movies have a budget and books really don't. Plus there's the fact that the book was written... what, in the 70s? (ETA: 1963) Unless it was going to be set during that time, the context of the story needed to be modernized, and they did a well enough job of that, incorporating things like the internet and CDs into the setting and dialogue. But... I must nitpick.

- Did I mention that Calvin should have had red hair?

- Where was Mr. Jenkins? Why bother substituting him with that boring dude?

- I like Katie a lot, but her Meg wasn't nearly angry or contrary enough.

- I have nothing against people with speech impediments. But, for ill or good, Charles' Wallace's got on my nerves.

- What was with the freaky dust storm on Camazotz? IIRC, in the book it was a rather idyllic-looking planet, and that was why it was so sinister -- evil lurked beneath a seemingly pleasant facade.

- The Man With the Red Eyes -- was a big fat dork. Seriously, between the dorky red-eye effect and his overwhelming melodrama, it brought this movie just one step above a SciFi Channel movie. The Man With the Red Eyes is supposed to be mysterious, cruel, menacing, not bipolar.

- Instead of a giant pulsing brain on a dias we have... a bunch of wormy things underneath a pool.

- A crow? Could we have been any less imaginative, people? What happened to Mrs Whatsit sitting on the floor with a tuna sandwich while Mrs. Murray pulls off her boots?

- Mrs Which was far too pretty and frilly. Sure she was a little stern, but in the books she was certainly the most frightening of the three. In this she was just bitchy.

- I don't even know what to say about the transvestite Happy Medium. Poor Madeleine L'Engle.

- It rather annoyed me that there was very little focus on Mrs Murray being the brilliant scientist that she is.

- The final planet -- I don't want to butcher the spelling -- was not a snow planet... it was dark. And less light in that particular set would have been better because we wouldn't have had to look at the ridiculous Aunt Beast and co.

- The scene where they find her father for the first time... Hello? Did any of these people actually read the book?

- When they return to Earth at the end, I believe they're supposed to land in the twins' vegetable garden.

- It's just me, but... I had always pictured the twins as older and the star-watching rock as bigger.

- I thought the Dark Thing was very poorly rendered. Viewers who never read the book are going to think it's a hungry evil nebula or something.

Sigh. That's it for now. I'll add more carping as it comes to me.
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Hmm, that's not so good. :( I've only just read WiT for the first time. I had seen something somewhere about a film, but I didn't know anything about it. It's a shame that they butchered like that, I was kinda looking forward to seeing it if I ever got the chance.
I have to say that I had some of the same thoughts. The first thing Hubby said was "Where are Meg's glasses?" I realize the need to modernize the movie, but glasses still exist, right? *check's face* Yep. Calvin most definitely should have had red hair, and the twins reminded me too much of Tim and Jim from Kim Possible. Katie, of course, was lovely, but I couldn't help feeling that she was from another planet ;) Okay, so that was my own personal distraction. The movie did drag on and on. I was also very dissapointed about Camazotz. I had thought the world had been waiting for just the right special effects, but I wasn't impressed by these.

And where was Mrs. Dr. Murray's Bunsen Burner? I think they did her a great disservice by playing down her role as a Scientist. (You did already say this, but I'm ranting now.) Mrs. Murray wouldn't have had to go online to find out about the tesseract project. It was something that she and her husband were equals on. I'm no feminist, but where is the strong woman from the book?

I have to admit that I really enjoyed the movie. It just makes me want to read the series again.
What was with the freaky dust storm on Camazotz? IIRC, in the book it was a rather idyllic-looking planet, and that was why it was so sinister -- evil lurked beneath a seemingly pleasant facade

Right, it was like Stepford--way too good to be true.

I didn't watch it. If I'd turned it on the girls would have wanted to watch and they wouldn't have gone down until well after 10:30 since the movie didn't end until 10 and it was a school night so this morning wouldn't have happened happily.

So, by your comments and that I'm a huge fan of the book (read it something like 20 times in junior high--1978-80), I guess I'm glad I didn't watch. The book took me someplace that probably could never be recreated visually on film.