A Wrinkle in Time Review
Ava DuVernay’s live-action adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, now playing in theaters, does a great job at keeping the childlike wonder of the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle.
Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her little brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), have been without their scientist father, Alexander Murry (Chris Pine), 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 (Levi Miller) and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.
One of the main reasons I went I saw this movie was because of the cast of incredible actors and upon seeing the trailer made me more excited to see it. I went into this movie not having read the book so I didn’t know much about the story. Within the first 10 minutes I was instantly hooked. What director Ava DuVernay did with this film was incredible and the cast was perfect.
Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling were spectacular. Witherspoon’s character, Mrs. Whatsit offers a eccentric, kinetic spin on a fairy godmother. Kaling’s Mrs. Who is a pretty interesting character. She has evolved beyond speech and communicates by offering quotations of others, like Shakespeare and Winston Churchill. And of course Oprah Winfrey plays the leader of the “Mrs. Ws” Mrs. Which and rightfully so because, come on it’s Oprah. These three amazing woman give it their all in their roles and are delightful.
The young actors of this film are amazing. Storm Reid is a standout performer and brings so much emotion and heart to her character Meg. Deric Wallace is remarkable playing Reid’s adoptive little brother Charles Wallace and for someone so young he does some interesting things with his character. Now, I have been a fan of Levi Miller since I saw him in Pan and he just a great actor. In A Wrinkle in Time, Miller plays a slightly older boy who Meg has a visible, and visibly reciprocated, crush who goes along for the ride as they try to find her father who disappeared mysteriously.
What I love about this film, and DuVernay develops it perfectly, is the message of finding the light in yourself. There is so much darkness going on in the world right now that it can overcome you, but you have to power to defeat that darkness inside you- you just have to be willing to do it. Now this is a children’s movie so one shouldn’t be too judgmental. See it with your child or with a child’s wonder. The special effects alone in this movie will transport you to another world filled with childlike wonder. A Wrinkle in Time jaw-dropping, gorgeous and pure magic.