'A Wrinkle in Time' Sparks Mixed Reactions Following Premiere

The world premiere of A Wrinkle in Time sprinkled a little magic on Hollywood on Monday night, with those in attendance quickly taking to social media to share their thoughts about the Ava DuVernay–directed film.

The El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles hosted the first public screening of the Disney fantasy epic, an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved 1962 novel.

The film stars Storm Reid as middle schooler Meg Murry, who must go on a mission to find her missing father (Chris Pine). Meg gets help from three celestial beings named Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling).

The film, which hits theaters on March 9, is the first time a woman of color has helmed a movie with a budget of more than $100 million and comes hot on the heels of the runaway success of Marvel Studios' Black Panther, which has earned more than $707 million worldwide since opening Feb. 16 and is being heralded as an important cultural moment thanks to its Africa-inspired storyline and diverse cast.

Formal reviews for A Wrinkle in Time do not drop until March 7, but the social media reaction following Monday night's premiere seemed to be mixed.

There were gushing notices for Wrinkle's visual effects from Black Girl Nerds founder Jamie Broadnax, and actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell had high praise for Storm Reid in the lead role. Queen Sugar showrunner Kat Chandler gave a general effusive thumbs-up to the film. Issa Rae praised the film in a video posted to an Ava DuVernay fan Twitter account. Roxane Gay was also a fan.

However, film reviewers such as Cinema Blend's Conner Schwerdtfeger, Gregory Ellwood of ThePlaylist.net and @Fanboynation's Sean Mulvihill felt that DuVernay made a valiant attempt to adapt an unfilmable novel, but ultimately fell short.

And some reactions were less forgiving.

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