A Wrinkle in Time comes out this Friday at just the right time. Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace are forced to grow up quickly and take on great responsibility to save the rest of the world. Director Ava DuVernay hopes that even though we’re all living in chaotic times that her film says something positive to young people.
“…Imagine if you’ve only been on the earth for 10 years, and 11 years, and 12 years, the tension that you feel, and so to be able to just give a little breather and to say, ‘Who you are is enough, and this is how you’re gonna make it through by finding something in yourself that guides you.’ We all have that little voice inside of us, and a lot of times we don’t listen to it,” she said at press junket for A Wrinkle in Time.
She went on to address the question that has been on a lot of people’s mind about whether the woman who plays the larger than life goddess, Mrs. Which, in A Wrinkle in Time will go on to run for president.
“A friend of mine had a tremendous, tremendous episode of peer pressure of gigantic proportions that I’d never experienced or seen just a couple of weeks ago when the whole country, well a lot of the country, was saying you should run for president,” she said as all eyes moved to Oprah Winfrey sitting next to her.
“She said, ‘Y’all, the voice inside of me says I am not your president. I can do good in the world in a different way.'”
The potential impact of the film was on the minds of a lot of the cast members. Zach Galifianakis (The Happy Medium) said that boys will find a lot of great things to appreciate in the movie that is filled with such strong and powerful women. He got emotional talking about working with Ava DuVernay and being cast in such a big movie.
“…It’s nice for young boys, young men even, to see that it is okay to have a sensitive side of you. I think when young boys in this climate, they are seen as sensitive. And they’re made fun of, but that doesn’t mean they’re not, it means they’re stronger to me. And I wish we would just kind of change that,” he said. “You know, I come from a very masculine upbringing and a lot of people do. I love the way I was raised, but looking back, we need balance. It’s time for balance. I think that’s what the happy medium is.”
One of the great things a Wrinkle in Time does is that it allows characters to be shown as strong AND vulnerable. Chris Pine plays Meg’s father who has lost his way and it takes a trip across the universe to realize what he’s lost.
“I think, too, one of the great things about this film that I loved is this idea of re-parenting, is that I think as kids we’re taught that there’s some sort of hierarchical structure where adults are by virtue of their age smarter than we as children are, where we forget that a lot of dumb kids grow up to be dumb adults.”
He again pointed to what is happening in the country right now.
“…You know there’s this verb now, where everybody, they want to harden schools. Like the NRA’s talking about hardening schools. And I think, what an interesting verb. Harden. You want to make the most beautiful, supple creatures on the planet, children, you want to harden? You want to harden that? I mean, what are you talking about? Beautiful thing about this piece is that, a man that has been so, become so rigid and structured and needy of getting the validation of his community, and he’s so hard, that he forgets the most beautiful thing on the planet, this beautiful, supple, blooming flower of a gorgeous daughter that he has, he forgets that that’s the prize.”
There are many beautiful messages of hope in the film. But is it enough? Is there still capacity to hope, one of the writers at the press conference asked.
“I think the darkness is there to help bring out the light in all of us,” Oprah said. “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.”
A Wrinkle In Time opens nationwide on Friday.