Monday, 19 March, 2018

A Wrinkle in time movie review: Ambitious, well acted but ultimately disappointing

Film Premiere of A Wrinkle in Time Featuring Oprah Film Premiere of A Wrinkle in Time Featuring Oprah
Theresa Hayes | 09 March, 2018, 20:30

One fan of A Wrinkle in Time mentioned on Twitter that the director's newest sci-fi blockbuster put her "on the radar" for a Star Wars movie, since her movie's visuals were on point and the "messages [were] in line with the Disney and Lucasfilms brand". "I was like, Oh my god!"

Director Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time is, on the surface, the story of Meg Murray (Storm Reid), a middle schooler who struggles to fit in or move on after her father's mysterious disappearance 4 years ago. I was crying. I was shocked. I've never read the novel, but I have no trouble believing that it carries an emotional and dramatic resonance that the film version is sadly lacking. Meg, her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and their friend Calvin (Levi Miller) travel through space and time, from verdant and vibrant planets to the dark, reality-bending space of Camazotz, where her father is believed to be stranded.

Music is also used very weirdly in this film - in a flashback scene where Pine's character finally discovers the "frequency" required for a tesseract, a badly mixed song by Sia completely overpowers an important part of exposition. With Disney onboard with her decision, the director set out on a worldwide casting search. Oprah Winfrey as the stately and wise Mrs. But beyond Meg's lovely locks, the weirdo wigs (one appears to be an inert crimson fox perched on Witherspoon's head) and scary clothes, "A Wrinkle in Time" suggests a pop American version of those Narnia films, complete with allegorical lessons and the usual platitudes, including, ye gods, "Be true to yourself". "Girls at the center, girls of color at the center", DuVernay says. A friend of mine had a tremendous episode of peer pressure of huge proportions that I'd never experienced or seen just a couple of weeks ago, when the whole country was saying, 'You should run for president!' [Laughter] She said, 'Y'all, the voice inside of me says, 'I am not your president. He lets himself be led by a girl. Winfrey, perhaps because the role dictates it, feels worrisomely detached at first, but she's at her best when acting directly opposite Reid, embracing both the character of Meg and the young actress under her wing. "These are real formative things that we're looking to get out to a newer generation". A Wrinkle In Time is also the first movie directed by an African-American woman with a $100 million budget, and is already gaining community support. It fills my heart, every time I think about Ava and her dreads and her sneakers and these big cranes and all of these men running around, taking direction from her. But there definitely needed to be more [roles for children of color]. "I wanted "Star Wars" to reflect on the world around us, all movies are starting to do it as well". Who and Ms. Whatsit, but I am pretty sure I heard Charles Wallace call Oprah "Oprah", which makes sense. "She said, 'Don't waste energy on things you can't change in life when you can be using that energy on something positive in your life, '" Reid recites. I got to really get in touch with all that I thought I would be, when I was young, and really tap into that and try to create some magic with this great group of people. I do want to see that representation, and it's a blessing to maybe be that for some kids.