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Introduction to A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by Ms. H
The interesting Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) visuals from the movie previews caught my interest so I decided to see A Wrinkle in Time in the movie theater. Spoiler Alert: SInce this is a Disney movie, there is a happy ending; however, there are movie details I would like to bring to your attention. These details will help you decide if you should see this movie, if you should let your children see this movie, or if you should just pass on the movie period.
Synopsis of A Wrinkle in Time Movie
The synopsis of A Wrinkle in Time revolves around the journey of a young girl in search of her father who goes missing. Interesting enough, he became lost due to his quest to find a different dimension that is without time and space -- accessible only by using your mind.
A subplot in the movie involves problems Storm Reid’s character, Meg Murry experience being rebellious as well as bullied at school. Meg Murry thinks no one likes her and that she is in fact, not worthy of being liked. Enter her six year old brother who initially offers her encouragement but becomes overly verbally abusive to his sister as the movie goes on. Of course, he eventually snaps out of this phase.
Characters in A Wrinkle in Time Movie
One of the stars in the movie is Oprah Winfrey who plays the part of Mrs. Which. When asked on a talk show recently if she had to audition for the film, she said that originally she had not intended to be in the movie, but “visited” her director friend, who suggested that she try out for the part -- that she of course landed.
Another actor I would like to mention is Reese Witherspoon who played the part of Mrs. Whatsit. During the movie, she attempted to be the comic relief, but in my opinion did not deliver as well as expected. This is ironic since she is known for having roles in comedy movies.
Chris Pine played the part of the lost father, Dr. Alex Murry. His role in the movie was relatively small compared to that of the other characters. He played his role adequately; however, as I watched him, I couldn’t help but see him as the romantic interest of Gal Gadot, Steve Trevor in the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman.
Visual Effects in A Wrinkle in Time Movie
There were colorful visual effects in the dimension the characters entered to search for Dr. Murry. The visuals of the flowers and other items in the environment were done well. However, I think it was asinine to think that flowers could communicate to humans and understand what is being said -- even if this was a Disney movie.
There is a scene that I thought was done especially well for a children’s Disney movie which could have been from a bone fide action/adventure movie. Spoiler Alert: I’m referring to the forest scene in the movie where all you saw were plenty of trees and rough weather with strong winds. The characters’ goal was to cross a wall they encountered in this environment; however, the torrential winds and air borne trees prevented them from doing so. Meg Murry came up with an ingenious plan to get across the wall in light of the stormy weather -- a plan that actually worked. In my opinion, this scene was the highlight of the movie.
Tone of A Wrinkle in Time Movie
I think the movie, A Wrinkle in time projected an overall atmosphere of sadness especially when I expected it to be a “happy Disney” movie. Spoiler Alert: Here is a recap of some of the sad events in the movie A Wrinkle in Time:
- Meg Murry is constantly bullied and ridiculed
- Due to her low self-esteem, Meg Murry thinks she and Calvin O'Keefe should not be seen together
- The father left without communicating to the family the possibility he could disappear as a result of his experiments
- Meg Murry’s six year old brother George Wallace Murry played by Deric McCabe insults and ridicules Meg Murry in the movie -- which seemed out of place for this character.
- Looks like none of the parents are concerned about the whereabouts of their children while they are in this strange place since there were no search squads, etc. when they went to the other dimension.
Assessment of A Wrinkle in Time Movie
After the movie ended and as I was walking out the movie theater, a young child told the person she was with that she wanted to see the movie again. The person said, “But you cried during the movie.” She replied that she still wanted to see it again. Maybe she wanted to see it again in the hopes the sad premise of the movie would change. I’m speculating here, but I do not think it’s an ideal situation for children to cry during movies -- even if that movie does eventually have a happy ending.
As an aside: I also noticed the director liked to show plenty of close ups of faces -- especially in the beginning of the movie. I think a change from the steady stream of close-ups would have improved the movie. Additionally, the choice of someone other than the six year old boy would have been a better choice to play the the bully in the movie. The saving graces of this movie, in my opinion, were the scenes that showed the effects of the wind storm as I alluded to previously as well as the CGI when Mrs. Whatits becomes a flying vessel for the characters.
Rating of A Wrinkle in Time Movie
Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate A Wrinkle in Time 2 stars.