A Wrinkle In Time, based on a book by the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, follows Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace as they search the universe for their missing father. Their adventure begins when one of the mysterious Mrs.’s visits their house in the dead of night.
1—The Power of Love
It’s an old theme but it never goes out of style. Meg’s love for her father pulls her and her companions across the universe. And later saves her brother from being consumed by The IT. And it’s in learning to love herself that Meg does this.
2—Gets the Job Done
I liked the depiction of how bullying/emotional abuse can destroy someone’s sense of self-esteem. Likewise, The IT’s influence, as described by the Mrs.’s, seemed a more realistic depiction of evil, even if the planet-sized force of pure malevolence itself was not.
The actors, especially the kids, all did a good job.
The tonality of the movie was a little one-note-, all saturation. It would’ve suited the “traveling between worlds” theme better if the real world had been less saturated than the fantastical ones. Also, my friend says that the book does a better job explaining why Charles Wallace is so susceptible to The IT’s influence. And the character of Calvin seemed a little extraneous. Also, the human face of Mrs. Whatsit’s flying plant-thing form doesn’t look like Reese Witherspoon in the slightest.
It was a fun movie. Not perfect, but fun.