'A Wrinkle in Time' Movie Review

Emmett Rice
March 10, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time marks the first time in history that a black woman has directed a movie with a budget exceeding $100 million.

An angry teen named Meg (Storm Reid) learns that her missing astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) is trapped on a planet of pure evil.

DuVernay marshalled an array of star power to inhabit L'Engle's tale, with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling stepping into the roles of the Misses; supernatural, deity-like beings who guide the young Meg (Storm Reid) on her journey through space and time. Because if you needed another reason to go and see it, I'm sure that should be enough.

Well, when you meet Ava, you kind of know there's an inherent, innate leadership quality in her, and that's what you want in a director - you want somebody that knows what they want. That gives an actor a lot of comfort when the director has a vision. A friend of mine had a tremendous, tremendous episode of peer pressure of huge proportions that I'd never experienced or seen just a couple of weeks ago when the whole country, well a lot of the country, was saying you should run for president. And it's something that I've always wanted, so to be able to see my hard work pay off is really incredible. She's such a leader. It's a family film but you write it like you would any story.

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Hollywood is a copycat industry, and people like their safety, but this movie and the diversity of its cast shakes that up a little bit. It's very much akin a children's fantasy adventure film from the '80s or '90s - the quirky Misses, especially Witherspoon's Mrs. Whatsit, are clearly indebted to Zelda Rubinstein's performances from "Teen Witch" and "Poltergeist". It does not spend too much time bogged down in the hows and whys of the characters' supernatural abilities or otherworldly looks - these things just are. That's why we have a great country. A Wrinkle in Time has a fine set-up, but as soon as we enter this other world the whole thing goes to hell.

What was it like to work alongside Oprah? . I was in NY and I was working on Broadway and I said, 'They're gonna tap my shoulder and tell me to get out, They're gonna be like what are you doing here?' But I keep going back to that thing of saying if I'm feeling this way, all I need to do is acknowledge I'm feeling this way and take myself out of the equation. I am a huge fan of Ava Duvernay and really hoped this would be her breakout movie into the mainstream. Which says to Meg, "Do you realize all the billions and trillions of events that had to happen to make you exactly as you are?" During her short speech at the screening, DuVernay also made mention of a similar project, The Neverending Story, and I remembered being equally confused and charmed by that particular flick as a child and as an adult.

While this is a film for kids, the movie challenges you to find the child within yourself. I actually view that as a potential advantage when it comes to reviewing book-to-movie adaptations.

L'Engle wrote the novel as a Christian allegory, a tale of lightness overcoming the dark.

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