If we can't have Smell-O-Vision, at least we have James Corden, who, in a segment on The Late Late Show, ushered in the next stage of cinematic enjoyment: 4-D. OK, not really, since it's basically just a play, but in the hilarious 12-minute gag, he surprised a Hollywood audience going to see A Wrinkle in Time with the actual cast of the film, acting the whole thing out on stage in front of the screen.
Corden, who recently lent his voice to the film Peter Rabbit, shut off the movie mid-screening and brought Storm Reid (Meg Murry), Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which), Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who), Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit), and a cardboard cutout of Chris Pine (Dr. Alex Murry) out on stage. Winfrey obviously got the biggest round of applause, and in an Office-style interview during the re-enactment, she remarks, "It's so weird being in a theater and not giving away cars or anything."
"It's exhausting, being the man who has to re-invent cinema, but who else is gonna do it? James Cameron? All right, let's call him. Can you get a signal at the bottom of the ocean? Didn't think so," says Corden.
This is not the first time an audience going to see A Wrinkle in Time has been pleasantly duped by major celebrities showing up at their screening. During this year's Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel rounded up a bunch of stars like Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong'o, Margot Robbie, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, and Guillermo del Toro to surprise moviegoers with snacks.
Since its release on March 9, the movie, directed by Selma's Ava DuVernay, has been receiving mostly negative reviews from critics and currently holds a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes. While visually delightful, reviewers felt the plot just didn't coalesce properly. In terms of box-office returns, it has made over $39 million worldwide, not entirely reassuring, as it cost $100 million to make in the first place.