‘A Wrinkle In Time’
Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Michael Pena, Zach Galifianakis
2.5 (Out of 5) Globes
Plot: It has been several years since the astrophysicist Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) suddenly disappeared, and his daughter Meg (Storm Reid) is still struggling to adjust, even though she still has the support of her mother Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her younger brother Charles Wallace Murry (Deric McCabe).
When Meg discovers that Alex is being held captive on a distant planet she instantly sets out to save him alongside her supremely intelligent brother Christopher Wallace (Deric McCabe), her friend Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller) and three astral travelers by the names of Mrs Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs Who (Mindy Kaling).
Review:Much has been said about the importance of “A Wrinkle In Time.”
Ava DuVernay is the first female African American director to be given a budget over $100 million, the diversity of its cast has been widely praised and it is the first real attempt to bring Madeleine L’Engle’s seminal 1962 novel to the big screen.
The progressiveness of “A Wrinkle In Time” is exactly what makes the film so appealing and unique, as is its message of love and confidence is something we could all do with right now. But ultimately this positivity overwhelms “A Wrinkle In Time,” which quickly begins to feel like a life coach lesson rather than a movie.
Condensing all of L’Engle’s novel into the film proves to be much, too, as the need to establish the various planets, worlds and rules with an abundance of exposition dilutes any of the nuance or impact desired.
“A Wrinkle In Time” possesses too much goodness to really hate, but there’s no doubt it ultimately flatters to deceive.