"A Wrinkle in Time" is a big, bloated mess


Also unforgiving is the fact that they add nothing to the plot other than extended exposition that fails at explaining the astrophysics in an intriguing way; they exist exclusively to add another whimsical layer to the proceedings and steer the heroes in the right direction, disappearing halfway through the movie and reappearing to verbally pat them on the back after a successful journey.

If my understanding of what I watched is correct, Mrs. I'll attempt to avoid much in the way of spoilers and only say that it's a moment when Meg, somewhere between an impassioned plea and a self-confident realization, shouts, "You should love me because I deserve to be loved!"

One of the biggest problems is that the film is extremely confusing and incoherent. The pop soundtrack cues are so unironically tied to their scenes that the characters may as well burst into song.

Since the movie can't decide just what it wants to be, it ends up being nothing.

Granted, this story was never going to be an easy one to tell, and as a result, the movie is incredibly ambitious in its scope. Storm Reid plays Meg with a impressively quiet grace and confidence, and her scenes with Chris Pine are among the most emotionally resonant of the film. Who (Mindy Kaling). All three share the ability to travel through time and space - they call it "tessering"-and they have come to help Meg and Charles Wallace find their father".

A Wrinkle in Time arrives on gossamer wings with cult of Oprah uplift, far less magical than believing itself to be. Witherspoon, as Mrs. Whatsit, does a variation of her familiar perky mien, but it only works maybe a quarter of the time. "As an introduction to young readers to physics and some of the incredible aspects of astrophysics that you can explore, I think it's excellent".

Kids learn a lot from film and TV, which is why representation is so important and why the empowering message in "A Wrinkle in Time" is so vital for children today.

The more I think about it, the more I think the ideal Wrinkle viewer is aged about 10 or 11. No, it's the self esteem of the main protagonist Meg (Storm Reid).

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Joined by a boy from Meg's school named Calvin (Levi Miller), the kids journey with the three women to the planet Uriel, unbeknownst to their mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

I simply can not... deal with this level of meaningless platitude.

We are giving this movie 4 smiles out of 5 and feel it is appropriate for ages 8 and older. But I was a huge fan of Selma, a movie that made some bold and unexpected creative choices in a normally excruciatingly conventional genre, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt.

The power of love can only do so much in Disney's misbegotten A Wrinkle in Time. Reid, as Meg, flits effortlessly between the plain talk of the teenager she is growing into at home and the woozy wonder of the child she still is. And reading it as a kid who was the science geek in the classroom and was the girl with the glasses who was interested in things her classmates weren't, it was a really excellent character to have as an archetype in literature. You'd expect this final stretch, as Meg nears a climactic reunion with her long-lost father, would be full of tension and emotion. DuVernay cast the Murry family as racially diverse, with Meg coming from an interracial marriage.

When Charles Wallace was just a baby, dad disappeared without a trace. The Murrys are a modern American family, writ boldly and beautifully.

The Guides are meant to be at amusing at times, and fail miserably in that regard.

DuVernay is undoubtedly a skilled director, bringing to life concepts and ideas that others may not even be able to imagine; the cast of A Wrinkle in Time is exceptionally talented, delivering largely captivating performances that are simply weighed down by the story and exposition. And yet the movie's explanation for how he travels those 91 billion light years never gets any clearer than Alex's initial, laughable presentation. He ends up being incredibly crucial to the plot, especially at the end, and my jaw dropped at what this kid was pulling off. "I thought, 'I'm going to be her friend'". I felt like I couldn't do it and I couldn't pull it off but everybody made me feel so comfortable.

Changing Meg and her mom's race may have been DuVernay's attempt to promote the illusion of a universe in which such changes don't and shouldn't matter, but that aim is subverted by moments that take on unintended meanings in this new context. Mbatha-Raw, with even more limited things to do, is also strong as the trying-to-keep-everything-together Mrs. Murry. This is the source of so much confusion and boredom in this movie.