A Wrinkle in Time Official US Trailer

Brilliant colors fade in lackluster plot

March 15, 2018

Disney’s new adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic children’s novel, “A Wrinkle In Time,” is an artistic and lavish production. CGI effects are vibrant and the vibrant colors look like a giant kaleidoscope. The film, however, falls short of capturing the magic of the story of the time-traveling Murry family.

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a young teenager who is teased by the other children and gets into fights which results in trips to the office of Mr. Jenkins, the school principal. She does not fit with the other students and is seen as a troublemaker. Her situation is not helped by the fact that her father (played by Chris Pine) is missing. He mysteriously vanished one night while experimenting with fifth-dimensional travel.

Everything changes with the unexpected visit of three extraordinary women: Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). Meg learns that a “tesseract” (a wrinkle in time) is what caused the disappearance of Meg’s father.

After an unexpected visit from the unusual women, she goes on a journey through time in search of her physicist father (Accompanying Meg on her quest is her 5-year-old brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who can read her mind and her best friend Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller), who has an exceptional gift to communicate well with other people.

Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin are then transported by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends to the dark planet of Camazotz, which is ruled by an entity known as IT. The personification of pure evil, IT has telepathically taken over the minds of the planet’s inhabitants. Meg finds out her father is a prisoner of IT, and she is called upon to use her courage and power of love to free not only her father but her brother Charles Wallace when IT takes over his mind.

According to the Hollywood Reporter and IMDB.com, fans of the book will notice that Meg is depicted differently in the movie. The director, Ava Duvernay, was impressed with the ideas that Madeline D’Engle presented her book and  decided to take those ideas a step further and cast Meg as a girl of color. In doing so, Duvernay showcases again her creativity in presenting stories with new meanings.

The sountrack for the movie is a mix by various artists. Game of Thrones and Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi composed the film’s score. Sade wrote “Flowers In The Universe,” her first original in eight years, for the movie.

Overall, the movie brings a wide display of color and light to a story of love being used to triumph over evil. In quoting Emily Dickson, Meg reminds the audience about the power of hope. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul”

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