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"A Wrinkle in Time" Movie Review

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy film directed by Ava DuVernay, written for the screen by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell, and based on the book by Madelaine L'Engle. The film follows Meg, a young girl whose father has disappeared and has been gone for four years. He was searching for the secret to traveling the universe and was convinced that the secret lied within the mind, if only one could tap into the right frequency. His search took him somewhere where he couldn't escape. Now, Meg and her young brother Charles Wallace are visited by three strange women and taken on a quest to find their father and bring him home.

While it's been years since I read the book, I loved this film. From what I remember, it kept most of the story intact and also kept the lessons and morality that the book so eloquently taught. It did leave out certain parts of the story, such as the Centaurs and the fact that the Mrs' were all three Centaurs in disguise as humans. But that wasn't a huge problem for me. It dropped certain parts of the story so that it wouldn't be too confusing for younger kids and I can understand that. There's only one plot hole in the film that was aggravating, however, because it's explained in the book but not in the film. How could Meg's dad tesser while they were being dragged towards The It but couldn't tesser out of where he was being held? That little unexplained phenomenon stuck in my head and just could not be overlooked. Other than that, and some slightly rocky acting in the beginning, I had no problems with the film.

For all of you Girl Meets World fans out there, I have to warn you that Rowan Blanchard went from sweet, innocent Riley Matthews to Veronica Kiley, the popular mean girl of the school. It's slightly a shock to see her in that kind of a role, but it also proves that she's able to branch out and be versatile.

As far as the main kids, Meg and Charles Wallace, the two need a bit more practice in acting but they did a good job for the most part. Storm Reid (Meg) and Deric McCabe (Charles) were both absolutely precious which made it difficult to not sympathize and care for them, which is a good thing. You want to care about the characters. Otherwise, what's the point?

Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which were all three as magical on the screen as they were in the book. Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey filled the roles beautifully.

In conclusion, I highly recommend seeing this film for yourself. Ignore the critics, ignore the user reviews, and go witness this majestic film for yourself. I give it a 3.5 out of 4.

© 2018 Nathan Jasper


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