+ Recommended – PG, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A Wrinkle in Time is absolutely magical. The whimsical setting and costuming of the other-worldly creatures that you encounter in this movie make it the perfect thing to take your family to this weekend.
Sometimes, you just want a feel good adventure and this wonderful cast brings that to you in spades. Storm Reid plays a high school girl named Meg Murry, who, along with her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), are left reeling in the four years since her father disappeared. Her parents were researching a method of traveling through space and time in a completely new way when Mr. Murry (Chris Pine) seemed to simply step out of existence. With some help from the characters played by Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Zach Galifianakis, this unlikely group will need to travel the universe to find the missing physicist.
With Ava DuVernay directing at the helm, this movie is definitely in the right hands. There are several mis-steps and key changes from Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel of the same name. Going in to this movie, I understood that it was meant for children. Any adaptation from a text as dense as this one will never be able to fit in everything from the book, at least not with a run time under 2 hours. The confusing changes mostly come from the characters themselves. Without giving spoilers, the personalities of three key characters are drastically changed from the book to the big screen. While I am unsure as to the motivation behind these changes, I can tell you that the characters lose growth and depth because of it.
Something that doesn’t lose depth is the acting in this movie. Casting is absolutely brilliant and they all work together seamlessly. In a film with children at its lead, A Wrinkle in Time is chalk full of raw emotion, enough so that I found myself tearing up a few times. Storm Reid is a heroine that you want to cheer for. You want to see her realize that she can conquer the world and parents can rest assured that their kids will feel like they can too by the end of the movie.
The final element I want to touch on in this review, are the breath-taking visuals you will see play out on screen. Everything from lighting, setting, and especially costuming are the stuff of dreams. This is definitely a movie that you want to see on the big screen at least once. If your family has time this weekend, give A Wrinkle in Time a go, and let us know what you thought in the comments below!