A Wrinkle in Time is an ambitious and visually stunning Disney film. The film has a lovely concept and meaning. The theme of love and accept yourself is presented heavily throughout the film. While I have not read the book, I somewhat enjoyed the movie. Unfortunately, the flaws stood out to me more than anything else.
Directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) and starring Chris Pine (Wonder Woman, Star Trek), Storm Reid (Sleight), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde), and Oprah Winfrey (Selma, The Color Purple) this film has a truly star-studded cast. The screenplay was written by Jennifer Lee (Frozen, Wreck-it-Ralph, Big Hero 6) and Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia). The cast truly helps put together the film. It has some really awesome heartfelt moments.
The movie is about a scientist, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) and his wife Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, The Cloverfield Paradox ) trying to find a way to travel through space to another planet. The idea of a Tesseract (yes, that thing that Loki was trying to take from the Avengers) can help you travel through space and time. The way you would travel would be to Tesser. The concept of space travel through dimensions is heavy in the film. Alex Murry gets lost in space, and captured by an evil entity known as “The It.” He is lost for 5 years, and his daughter Meg Murry (Storm Reid), stepson Charles Wallace Murry (Deric McCabe, Stephanie), and Meg’s friend Calvin O’ Keefe (Levi Miller, Better Watch Out/Pan) must go look for him. They also get help from the astral travelers known as the Misses – Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) on their journey. The Misses are three good women that have mastered time and space. They travel together to help provide good to the universe.
The other angles of this story are with Alex Murry being lost for 5 years, his daughter is bullied by kids at school. The story is a coming of age one that is pretty well done. Meg’s bullies are the typical egotistical girls that are down on themselves, so they bully others to make them feel better. The thought of fear and evil comes from the one single evil entity. Her little brother Charles Wallace is a bright young child that was adopted at a young age. The film really focuses on these aspects throughout the film is different ways.
The flaws in this film really stand out. It has a good idea and concept, but the writing and acting lack. The first two acts are done pretty well. The first act is actaully pretty awesome, it gets to the point and tells you what you need to know for the remainder of the film. The second act drags on forever. Zack Galifianakis (The Hangover, Baskets) is the Happy Medium and is apart of the second act, his character is actually what makes the second act worth it. The third act completely slows down the film. Micheal Peña (Ant-Man, CHIPs) plays as Red, a puppet controlled by the entity The It. His character is minimal and almost pointless. It seems like his character should have been the overall antagonist. The antagonist of the film is a planet that isn’t really even much all there. The climax of the film resolves all of the issues throughout the film as any Disney film would, but it falls so flat. All of the build-up for a really boring climax scene that could’ve been amazing had it gone another way.
Overall, I liked the film, but I wasn’t 100% sold on it. It has plotholes and fell flat a few times. I definitely think with a higher budget the film would’ve been a lot better. The film was shot in actual forest and plains, it’s not all green screen. Those parts of the film stood out, but the CGI was bad in those scenes. There weren’t any true wins in the film other than the message of love and accept yourself. The visuals while good, could have been a lot better. The science of it overtook the magic which was nice considering this wasn’t a Marvel film. As a Disney fan, I truly expected more. Hopefully, in the future, they look back on this and correct the little problems before they release the film. I love the ambition and the message, so with that being said… Go see it, judge for yourself, but lower your expectations.
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A Wrinkle In Time – Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.