A Wrinkle in Time

Fairly sure I never actually read this book as a kid. There were so many I did read though! And I’m familiar with the title, but I have no recollection of anything other than title and author. It mighta really helped the movie watching experience if I had tho.

Directed by Ava Duvernay, A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of a young girl Meg who travels across space and time to find her scientist father (Chris Pine) who disappeared four years ago. She’s able to do so with the help of the three Mrs. (Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey), celestial beings charged with upholding the good in the universe.

There are some MAJOR positives in this film. Duvernay, a longtime champion of inclusion, has a very racially diverse cast. That’s huge. I was prolly most excited to see Mindy Kaling as one of the Mrs. You don’t often see an Indian actress in such a glorious role, and I adore Mindy but have seen little of her work (read her books, but never saw her tv shows).

The other positive was just the message of the film, that you can do anything or be anything, but being yourself is the most important thing. Especially seeing this message received by an African American girl. HUGE. So beautiful.

Unfortunately, the film itself turned out to be somewhat of a mess. Again, not having read the book, I feel this might’ve been one of those “unfilmable” stories. That word gets thrown around every so often about works (The Lovely Bones, The Watchmen) that are so nuanced and imaginative and layered, that they wouldn’t translate well and would lose much of their meaning. I feel that might’ve been the case here.

Traveling thru space and time in this way isn’t the easiest to put on screen (we can’t all be The Doctor), and I really didn’t get what was happening plot wise. Maybe you need to be a kid to get it, but I really think the context of the book is essential.

I could see this being the kind of movie that I woulda rented from Blockbuster on a sick day as a kid and watched over and over in bed. I hope that kids out there do discover this film and its message. I just think that the adults aren’t gonna know what to make of it.

A Wrinkle in Time – \m/ \m/

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