Movie Director Thinks Race Explains Dislike of “A Wrinkle in Time”

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Movie director Ava DuVernay should consider what happens when you expurgate Christianity from a story.

It seems that movie director Ava DuVernay appeals to race issues to explain the negative reactions. Since she changed the race of the family in the original story for no reason, it would seem that she is the one fixated on race. But there is also the fact that the movie story strips out all reference to Christianity. Perhaps also an overuse of CGI special effects.

PJ Media reports, “‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Director Ava DuVernay Uses Racism to Explain Away Bad Reviews.

Ava DuVernay, a black activist who directed a whole movie arguing that mass incarceration (a multi-racial problem) is a continuation of race-based slavery, suggested that racism explains why her latest movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” got bad reviews.

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“A Wrinkle in Time” has a “rotten” 42 percent rating among reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes. Many mass-market films have negative reviewer scores but positive audience ratings, but not this movie. The audience rating proved even worse for “A Wrinkle in Time,” at a tragic “rotten” 36 percent.

Race didn’t drive these negative reviews — content did. The film’s focus on psychedelic themes without strong substance behind them really cut the power of the story. Many black reviewers panned the film.

Slate’s Aisha Harris reported that the movie “stumbles in its world building and can’t quite find its groove.” Over at Punch Drunk Critics, Travis Hopson wrote that “the film, for all of its wondrous visuals and good intentions, never takes off and soars the way we keep hoping it will.” The Ringer’s K. Austin Collins agreed. “There’s a good movie in here somewhere, but it’s beset with too many obligations, and maybe too much in the way of expectations,” he wrote.

In an interview with Screen Rant, writer Jennifer Lee explained why she took out the Christian themes and Bible references from the book. “It wasn’t removed, it was just opened up in language that wasn’t exclusive, guardian angels versus stars, are they the same thing? Maybe,” Lee said. She emphasized “inclusivity,” saying, “Since we’re not limiting, we’re not picking some religion, but we’re saying we all feel, we can feel that you’re a part of something extraordinary and the messages are the same.”

This helps explain why the film ditched the book’s explicit Christian themes, trading them for vague New Age spirituality that failed to deliver the depth of the original story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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