A Wrinkle in Time
Directed by: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Childrens
Run Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Release Date: March 8th, 2018
–Possible Spoilers! Read at your own risk!–
Disclaimer: A huge thank you to A Wrinkle in Time (@wrinkleintime) on behalf of Walt Disney Studios (@disney) for sponsoring this post and sending me a lovely package with the book and movie for me to watch, as well as the other lovely props featured. I am so completely grateful. All thoughts and opinions on the movie are my own.
Curiouser and curiouser. I honestly do not even know where to begin let alone how to explain my thoughts on this absolutely crazy movie.
A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg Murry and her little brother Charles Wallace as they brave a thrilling journey to find their scientist father, Mr Murry after he disappeared discovering a new planet.
The movie is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult fiction novel, A Wrinkle in Time which is a part of the beloved Time Quintet series.
I have not read the books, this will not be a comparison and all plot points are from the movie as I watched and observed it.
Somehow A Wrinkle in Time managed to be way too fast and way too slow all at the same time.
It was very visually appealing, the outfits and the makeup were so crazy and cool! The first world they go to was absolutely stunning and magical.
The characters were interesting, but besides from Meg, quite underdeveloped. We’re introduced to a lot of them and I honestly could not tell you practically any of their names nor their motivations.
I did like Meg, Storm Reid did such an amazing job capturing this awkward and angry and sad girl who loved her dad with all her heart. She is so fierce and brave and beautiful and intelligent and strong. A wonderful role model for young children.
I do wish the bullying thing was better developed rather than just mean for the sake of being mean. But I guess that’s school for you. We learn about Veronica’a struggles and the teacher because of the “IT”; however, I was it honestly wasn’t that important. The bullying was introduced, but I feel like it was underdeveloped.
Actions have consequences and while forgiveness is important, it is not as easy as the movie made it seem.
Can we talk about Calvin?? Where did he even come from? We saw like a glimpse of him in the beginning school scene and I was like, “Oh look, probably the love interest.” But there was like zero explanation? He just popped up out of nowhere? Am I supposed to care about him all of a sudden?? Again, we learn about his problems with his demanding dad, but it wasn’t very well-developed. We do not learn about his dad and why he is the way he is.
Of course, they had to fit it all in an 100 minute movie, so it’s understandable that they couldn’t develop everything.
As for the actual plot of the movie, as someone who hasn’t read the book, I was quite confused as to what was going on. I liked the opening with little Meg and her father teaching her of the wonder of physics, but after that the beginning was kind of dry, and it took me a really long time to get into it. The pacing of the movie felt a bit uneven, some scene changes were very abrupt as well as anticlimactic.
At the end of the day I enjoyed my time watching A Wrinkle in Time, it was filled with magic and childlike wonder. There are some scary scenes that may be a bit too much for really young kids, I would say about 8 and up for an age range.
Honestly the most terrifying moment for me was the scene with the synchronized kids and mothers. Actual. Literal. Chills.
But overall, while the movie had its faults, it wasn’t particularly bad. Did it blow me away? No, it was enjoyable, and there were moments that really touched my heart. The acting was solid for such a young cast. It’s targeted toward kids and it teaches many valuable lessons in a somewhat cheesy way. The movie captures themes of believing in and loving yourself. It’s filled with lovely family moments and lovely friendships.
I loved the discovery and magic and childhood imagination. It has important messages. Unfortunately, I wonder if it can capture a child’s attention long enough for it to teach and spread those messages.
I do think I should have read the book first, but alas. Perhaps I will check it out soon.
Also, shout out to the Hamilton reference, honestly my favorite part of the entire movie. Next to that leaf scene.
6.5 out of 10 stars
The media team of A Wrinkle in Time were also kind enough to send me a box filled with amazing goodies! A huge thank you to them for sponsoring my movie night!
Be sure to check it out when it releases on Blu-ray June 5th! It’s already out on digital! 👏🏼
The contents of the box included:
- a digital code of the movie so I could watch it for free!
- a copy of the A Wrinkle in Time movie tie-in book, which I am super excited to read
- an absolutely beautiful A Wrinkle in Time Journal, it’s so stunning!
- A Wrinkle in Time Mug featuring the Misses (Oprah, Reese, Mindy, my queens)
- A super soft A Wrinkle in Time blanket
- and finally a branded book light! (not pictured below)
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