Monday Mornings

Happy Monday!

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

— Rumi

Happy Monday! I saw the movie A Wrinkle in Time this weekend and absolutely loved it—for so many reasons.

Yes I know there are mixed reviews but I don’t care about, as this article names it, “middling reviews.” I think this movie is brilliant. What some reviewers are missing is the very power of this movie: the normalcy of a diverse cast.

As a Turkish-American kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, I don’t think I ever saw someone of another ethnicity or of color in lead roles, positive roles, kind roles, smart roles, or inspiring roles. I didn’t see or hear anything in popular culture that represented me in a positive way. In fact, if my ethnicity was represented at all—as in the 1978 movie Midnight Express—it was in a negative way and only reinforced the names I was called growing up. Really the only person I saw in popular culture who sort of looked like me was Cher.  (Thank you Cher!)

In A Wrinkle in Time, the diversity seemed so normal. It wasn’t there because of the specific story. The inspiring and imaginative story was about a young girl who becomes a warrior, fighting the darkness with light, and it was a story about a family and love and good versus evil. It was simply a story. If I had seen this movie as a kid, it would make believe that just because I looked different didn’t mean I was a bad person.

I didn’t go to the movie thinking this, and I didn’t think much about the diverse cast. So I was really surprised that when Mindy Kaling first appears onscreen, I cried. I can only imagine the impact this movie is having on young kids who are watching it now. And I am so grateful for that. Don’t ever underestimate the power of popular culture.

Of course I also love the movie because it’s beautiful. The colors, the costumes, and the scenery are fantastic. The actress Storm Reid who plays the main character Meg Murray is great. The story is basic good versus evil, and I love those kinds of stories. The director Ava Duvernay did a lot of close-ups of the actors, which created this sweet intimate feeling. And I loved the music. Not only was the music scored by Ramin Djawadi, the amazing composer for Game of Thrones, but Duvernay got the “R&B unicorn” Sade to write a song for the movie, “Flower of the Universe.”

I sometimes underestimate the power of movies, music, books, and art. They can affect us in ways we didn’t even think they could. After I watched A Wrinkle in Time, I felt so good. I felt happy and moved. And more than anything I felt hopeful—hopeful because light can truly overcome the darkness.  Let the light in, and make it a great week!


(Image found here. Full Rumi quote here.)

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