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Let's Wrinkle!

by Jacob Clifton May 19, 2004
A Wrinkle in Time

Cue the little boy from The Ring (better known, one would hope, as Rocky from Joan of Arcadia), who still and always looks like utter hell, like he's dying. He's under a blanket under the kitchen table reading the encyclopedia, so that's most of what you need to know about the youngest Murry, Charles Wallace. He shares some gross information with them about the "teratoma" he's reading about, which is coincidentally a human hairball, although "if you want to be technical," it's actually a human hair-and-teeth ball. Nice.

Kitty voice-overs that Dr. Mrs. didn't worry so much about Charles Wallace's obvious freakishness because he is "somehow new." Whatever that means. To add fuel to the nonsense, Kitty notes that she herself "had no idea how new."

Much -- much -- is made of the fact that he doesn't talk to anyone outside the family.

The next day at school, one of those Kevin Williamson teachers with no worthwhile human characteristics whatsoever spells the word "neuron" and says he will be taking off points for misspelling. There is much discussion of the human brain. Watch out for that, because for a while here -- until it's completely forgotten in about ten minutes -- the brain is a very important image. Why? They don't know. I think it has something to do with not showing the Big Bad (which is a giant brain) because of how lame that would look, so they use the image in other ways. Which, like most of the subtext, text-text, and (super-? meta-?) other-text in this movie, is a cool idea that gets picked up and put down more than a bunny rabbit at a five-year-old's birthday party.

This crow starts knocking on the window to get her attention, which is funny, because I actually remember Katie Stuart (Meg) best from the execrable TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which was the only show I could get on the crappy black-and-white television set at 2AM when I was working third shift at that ghetto answering service in Houston years ago. Pointless crows were always showing up on that show and cawing meaningfully. She did a lot of voice-over crap on that one too.

The pointlessly evil teacher sharply calls Kitty to task and asks her to tell the class about the brain, because she seems to feel she doesn't need this review. She thinks cutely for a moment, and then does an impression of the teacher, rattling off facts to the amazement of the class. Why is she unpopular? That is kind of cool, if you accept that her antisocial behavior masks an inner sensitivity. The other thing about this is that I was worried that the Meg they cast might not be dykey enough. Whew is all I'll say on that one.

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Let's Wrinkle!

by Jacob Clifton May 19, 2004
A Wrinkle in Time Cue the little boy from The Ring (better known, one would hope, as Rocky from Joan of Arcadia), who still and always looks like utter hell, like he's dying. He's under a blanket under the kitchen table reading the encyclopedia, so that's most of what you need to know about the youngest Murry, Charles Wallace. He shares some gross information with them about the "teratoma" he's reading about, which is coincidentally a human hairball, although "if you want to be technical," it's actually a human hair-and-teeth ball. Nice. Kitty voice-overs that Dr. Mrs. didn't worry so much about Charles Wallace's obvious freakishness because he is "somehow new." Whatever that means. To add fuel to the nonsense, Kitty notes that she herself "had no idea how new." Much -- much -- is made of the fact that he doesn't talk to anyone outside the family. The next day at school, one of those Kevin Williamson teachers with no worthwhile human characteristics whatsoever spells the word "neuron" and says he will be taking off points for misspelling. There is much discussion of the human brain. Watch out for that, because for a while here -- until it's completely forgotten in about ten minutes -- the brain is a very important image. Why? They don't know. I think it has something to do with not showing the Big Bad (which is a giant brain) because of how lame that would look, so they use the image in other ways. Which, like most of the subtext, text-text, and (super-? meta-?) other-text in this movie, is a cool idea that gets picked up and put down more than a bunny rabbit at a five-year-old's birthday party. This crow starts knocking on the window to get her attention, which is funny, because I actually remember Katie Stuart (Meg) best from the execrable TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which was the only show I could get on the crappy black-and-white television set at 2AM when I was working third shift at that ghetto answering service in Houston years ago. Pointless crows were always showing up on that show and cawing meaningfully. She did a lot of voice-over crap on that one too. The pointlessly evil teacher sharply calls Kitty to task and asks her to tell the class about the brain, because she seems to feel she doesn't need this review. She thinks cutely for a moment, and then does an impression of the teacher, rattling off facts to the amazement of the class. Why is she unpopular? That is kind of cool, if you accept that her antisocial behavior masks an inner sensitivity. The other thing about this is that I was worried that the Meg they cast might not be dykey enough. Whew is all I'll say on that one.

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