Thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Time”

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Movies | Comments: 0

Re-posted from my Facebook page:

I went to see the movie yesterday, knowing a film version could never encompass all the novel has meant to me. The movie is well-done and captures much of the spirit of the novel, given its limitation to a 2-hr format. You should see it. The director had to make some hard choices about what to include and how to translate the material into a modern setting, and I mostly approve of her choices. (Although personally, I wish Calvin had remained a gawky 14-year-old outgrowing his clothes and wearing shabby shoes.)

But I was sorry the movie did not include what was to me, at age 12 when I read it the first time, the mind-blowing concept of a tesseract as mathematician Madeleine L’Engle explained it using a line, a square, and a cube. A line is one dimensional. The square of a line is a square (2 dimensions). The square of a square is a cube (3 dimension). The square of a cube is a tesseract. Holy moley. I was no star at math, but that idea just grabbed me. You can’t depict the square of a cube, you can only imagine it–but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

There are other things absent from the movie, and like the tesseract, they may be impossible to depict in three dimensions because they exist mostly in the reader’s mind. Much of what you take from the novel depends on what you bring to it. Which in the end is the difference between the book and the movie: The novel is a tesseract. The movie is just 3D.

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Macbeatha rides again

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I just learned that the article I wrote on the historical High King Macbeth is running again today in The Independent, a British publication. Apparently there is a new movie of Macbeth debuting in London.

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Into the Woods

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Happy Holidays to all!  We just got back from spending the holiday with our younger daughter and her family.  In addition to fabulous food and drink at Lonesome Valley Brewery in Prescott Valley, AZ, we enjoyed going to an excellent movie:  “Into the Woods.”  I’ve seen the stage play, and I thought the writer and director did a fabulous job of adapting the material for a family audience.  The movie is substantially shorter than the stage version, and some characters have been omitted, but the story and message still come through, perhaps even more strongly for being condensed.  Performances were excellent, too, but with a cast like that, how could you miss?

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Best little movie that was never released…

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Go rent “Odd Thomas” on DVD.  Seriously.  Whether you’re a Dean Koontz fan or not, this is a really well-done movie with lots of action, excellent special effects, and a storyline that will keep you fully engaged.  If you’ve read the book, you will find the movie a faithful adaptation, and if you haven’t read the book, you’ll just enjoy it as a good movie.  Not sure what complications kept it from being released in the theaters, but it certainly had nothing to do with the quality of the product.

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