March 14, 2018 By

A Wrinkle In Time

Ava DuVernay
Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine

The big screen adaptation of the classic children’s book, “A Wrinkle In Time” reminded me of modern day “Wizard of Oz”.
Young actress Storm Reid stars as “Meg”, a young girl who is having some trouble fitting in at her school over the last few years. She has had a change of attitude and her life gets turned upside down with the disappearance the her father, played by Chris Pine. He, along with Meg’s mother, played by the fantastic Gugu Mbatha-Raw, are scientists who may have made a huge discovery concerning traveling between Space and Time. The father vanishes, lost somewhere in the universe and now Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and her classmate Calvin are on a mission to find him. They are assisted by 3 magical beings, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which on this journey through different dimensions.

I loved a majority of this movie. I never read the book, so I wasn’t familiar with the themes or the characters. Besides Wizard of Oz, there’s also a great blend of elements from “The Neverending Story” “Chronicles of Narnia” and even some “Star Wars”. I was incredibly intrigued with how the story was unraveling and I was loving it. It was surprising and emotional.

I was somewhat let down by the third act. It’s not bad, and it works really well for what the story is supposed to do, I just wished the stakes felt more urgent and the journey felt more heroic. That just may be the fault of the original source material.
But I really think young kids are going to love this movie. The visuals alone are staggering!

THE GOOD: Likable and multifaceted characters, good performances, amazing visuals, sweet and empowering story.
THE BAD: the movie builds up to a finale that is emotionally satisfying, but it is small and intimate, where I feel a larger and more thrilling final act would have worked a lot better. Pixar are the masters of this type of storytelling.
OVERALL: A fun and beautiful Disney fantasy story that’s designed for small children and delivers solid moral lessons throughout.

Grade: 3.5 out of 5

-“Marquee Mark”