A Wrinkle in Time Review

Connor Tyszka, Guest Writer

  A Wrinkle in Time is based on the novel of the same name written by Madeleine L’Engle in 1962. Directed by Ava DuVernay (also directed Selma), the film is set in modern day and centers on
the Murry family. Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a 13 year old girl who is bullied at school and missing her dad, who mysteriously disappeared 4 years earlier. Her dad (Chris Pine) is a NASA scientist who was exploring the possibilities of time and space travel. Meg lives with her mom (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her highly intelligent adopted brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe). Meg is also very smart, yet unsure of herself and her abilities. A classmate, Calvin (Levi Miller) joins Meg and her brother as they begin their search for their dad.
  Others, celestial beings, help them in their quest – Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling).
  Another celestial being, IT, threatens them and the universe. The film is science fiction/fantasy, so you can expect stretching of the imagination.
  However, there are several issues in the movie. Some things are not explained fully, while much time is spent on other lesser details. The movie is clearly geared to a younger audience with very simplistic explanations and contrived situations. Viewers actually never really find out a number of things.
  Why is the principal confused by Meg’s anger, when everyone in the school should realize she is being bullied and it’s the 4th anniversary of her dad’s disappearance?
  How did the celestial beings come to be? How did Mr. Murry find the tesser? Why does IT want to wipe out the light in the universe? I kept waiting for some answers, yet they never really revealed themselves. In fact, the ending is somewhat questionable.
  Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie yet. Visually, the movie is stunning. The costuming of each “Mrs.” is great and fun. Additionally, the planet Uriel is
amazing and beautiful. Some of the special effects were obvious green-screen moments, this may be because we know so much about the “magic” of movie-making.