‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (2018) Review

a-wrinkle-in-time-2Based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is a sci-fi fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Jennifer Lee. The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. The story follows a young girl named Meg, who with the help of her younger brother Charles Wallace, classmate Calvin, and three astral travelers, sets off on a quest to find her father, who went missing four years ago after discovering a means of interplanetary travel via folding the fabric of space and time. Ava DuVernay does an okay job directing this film as it boasts some of the most beautiful set pieces I have ever seen. The other planets that they travel to are unique and full of vibrant colors and creatures. The acting is decent with Storm Reid standing out as Meg Murry. Meg is very stubborn and angry due to her father’s disappearance and can be hostile towards others when prompted. She has many emotional moments with almost every character in the film that occasionally touch the heart. Of the three astral travelers, Reese Witherspoon’s Mrs. Whatsit gets the most screentime with the other characters. She is shown as very intuitive and trusting although somewhat naive of human culture.  The other actors give decent performances as well, but their roles are very minimal. Talented actors such as Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine are not as critical to the plot as you would think. Speaking of the plot, this film has a rather simple one. Meg wants to find out what happened to her dad and there isn’t much else to it. There is an evil presence known as the “It”, but we are never given a good reason of how the “It” came to be, how to fight it, or why it took Meg’s dad. The big discovery her dad made of traveling via folding the fabric of space and time is never fully explained on a scientific level. There is a mention of love being the key to unlocking it, but nothing further. Much of the story felt pointless with certain characters coming off as pointless as well. There are long stretches of time where nothing happens, and it makes the film feel boring and slow. Also, there are a few inexplicable things that occur towards the end of the film which create numerous plot holes. I give A Wrinkle in Time a Bad 4/10. Perhaps Ava DuVernay should have taken a few more liberties when adapting this classic tale.

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