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A Wrinkle in Time

Wrinkle in time nc

Aired
November 20, 2018
Running Time
20:52
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(The Channel Awesome logo is shown and the title sequence plays)

NC: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. There's just something about nostalgic fantasy books.

(A montage of posters for fantasy movies is shown, starting with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

NC (vo): Whether they make good film adaptations...

(Next is the poster for Eragon)

NC (vo): ...or whatever Eragon was...

(The montage continues, showing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The NeverEnding Story)

NC (vo): ...there's always a part of us that has to see what the cinematic version of the most imaginative tales look like.

(The cover of the book "A Wrinkle in Time" is shown now)

NC (vo): And clearly, the best director for a trippy sci-fi mind warp about children traveling to different worlds would be one who specialized...

(Cut to another pair of movie posters, this one of films directed by Ava DuVernay, which include Selma and 13th)

NC (vo): ...in prejudice and race relations.

NC: Well, that...turned out exactly what we got!

(The title for the movie version of A Wrinkle in Time is shown, followed by clips of that movie)

NC (vo): Being admittedly an already difficult book to adapt, Wrinkle in Time tries to be that artsy kids film meant to open up your mind, but instead turns out to be that artsy kid (An image of a youth on a laptop computer appears in the upper-right corner) that tries to open up your mind with his ultimate interpretation of Donnie Darko.

NC: (frustrated) Yeah, you all know that asshole! They made a movie like him.

NC (vo): Based on the only kids fantasy book you remember being more Jesusy than Narnia, (The poster for Disney's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe adaptation is shown briefly) the adaptations for this novel have often been underwhelming, (The poster for the 2003 TV movie is shown) and this version is...well, not underwhelming, but...how do I put it? Remember that very pompous ending to American Beauty, where they say, "You don't understand our film, but don't worry: you will"?

NC: (smiles) Imagine that for two hours.

NC (vo): But is there anything about it that worked? I mean, without the use of a slowly becoming legal substance? Well, let's take a look in more detail.

NC: This is the unsurprisingly bizarre, but surprising in a way it's bizarre, A Wrinkle in Time.

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