A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay and surrounds the story of Meg (Storm Reid) whose father (Chris Pine) has gone missing for four years. Her father was a scientist that believed that you could travel the universe through your mind alone. So when three mysterious beings – Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) – show up to help Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin, find her father they must travel the universe to do so.
While the premise sounds interesting enough, I was disappointed by A Wrinkle in Time. The ultimate downfall for me I think was the acting by the kids, they felt very wooden to me, though the dialogue also wasn’t very good. The kid who played Charles Wallace especially was really annoying throughout most of the film. And the only part of Storm Reid’s performance that I bought was her relationship with her father.
On the flip side of that, the message of the film was one that everyone could appreciate – to overcome your flaws and love those around you. The CGI elements were also pretty good throughout most of the film. All the adults in the film gave fine performances, though their roles in the film were minor and they didn’t really have much to do. And no doubt that this book was hard to adapt so I give some props to the director for trying.
Overall, A Wrinkle in Time has a good message for kids, particularly girls, but the execution of the film didn’t deliver for me. It could have also been an hour long tops. Nevertheless, I am still a fan of director Ava DuVernay and am excited to see what she’ll be doing next. I give the film a D.