A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell. It is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L'Engle. It stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.
The Story/The Direction:
This film is about young Meg (Reid) who goes on a quest to find her father (Pine) after he went missing after discovering a new planet. On her journey, she gets help from Mrs. Which (Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Kaling), who are mystical beings who help Meg find her father but also save the entire universe from an entity known only as The It. Along with Meg on her journey, she is joined by Calvin (Levi Miller), the awkward boy who has a small crush on Meg, and Meg's little brother and prodigy, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe).
DuVernay has created a world that is absolutely wonderful to look at sometimes. The costumes on the biggest stars of this film look great down to every last detail. Winfrey has rhinestones for eyebrows and new fantastical creatures look real to the touch. There are also some very touching scenes, especially in the opening. There is a true sense of warmth and when the father disappears, the audience will feel for Meg and her family. DuVernay has brought together a brilliant cast together to tell a story about how everyone has value and deserve to be loved.
Each actor is able to play their role to the best of their ability. They do exactly what one would expect of these actors. It is not hard to see why DuVernay wanted Winfrey, Kaling, and Witherspoon to play the trio of mystical women. Reid as Meg also does a good job with her character and she should be an actor to be reckoned with in the future. She is fairly good at the awkward type of girl and also in emotional scenes. Additionally, Pine does a good job with the minimal time he is on screen. He is able to delve into multiple emotions from fear to sadness to happiness.
One problem with this film is its dialogue which is absolutely terrible and cringe worthy at points. The CGI at times also looked bad and was clearly only three kids in front of a green screen. However, the biggest problem is the middle of the film. It jumps all over the place in a very noncoherent way. When Meg travels to their first planet, they spend ten minutes at most then they hop to the next planet. It makes that first planet seem only there for a "wow" factor and nothing else. Each planet almost feels similar to a music video and they simply transition between songs. Additionally, each plot point is only that as there is very little connection between plot points or explanation on why things are happening.
Duvernay has been known for her work on the 13thdocumentary and Selma and while she does do a decent job here, it is not her finest production. The story goes all over the place, literally and figuratively, in the middle of the film. There is a good message in the film but it's a message that is jumbled up. When the climax ultimately occurs, there is very little connection to the beginning of the film. One can see the pieces but the puzzle is not finished. While the star cast and the director would validify a viewing to the theatre, the execution of the awful result would not.
Rating: 1.0/5.0 bowties
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