A Wrinkle in Time - 2018
An attempt at grandeur
2018's ' A Wrinkle In Time' is an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel of the same name, which follows Meg Murry (played by Storm Reid) and her brother Charles Wallace (played by Deric McCabe), along with their friend Calvin (played by Levi Miller) on an adventure to find and rescue Meg and Charles's missing father (played by Chris Pine).
The film does a somewhat decent job when it pertains to the matter of the film's pacing, however- the film does feel disjointed in certain areas- which can leave the audience in a state of confusion or outright irritation. Another issue which I feel is necessary to mention is the streamlining of the source material which takes away from the larger story at play within the film.
However, this is not to say that the film had only negative points. For example, the visuals of the film are absolutely stunning- albeit leaving more to be desired in certain areas. But alas the stylization and artistic direction of many of the film's settings brings the film to life and allows the audience to feel immersed in it. Another positive point to be brought up could be placed in the hands of Deric McCabe who played Charles Wallace in the film- McCabe does show great promise as a young actor- however, it is a shame that his work in Duvernay's film largely comprises of large expository dumps.
Although the film really does hit its stride once it begins to focus on the character of Meg- Reid delivers an exceptional performance but pushes her limits once the plot begins to focus on Meg's scars, her insecurity and the trauma left by her missing father. These plot points bring about a new depth to the film- which is an under-explored area in the opinion of this critic.
This is not to say that no one can enjoy the film as the trio of Mrses (played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey) as they evoke senses of childlike wonder and amazement among the average filmgoer, especially during the film's set pieces. On the topic of childlike wonder- it is important to realize that this is a film targeted towards children but can also appeal to adults with it's albeit generic but positive message that love conquers all bringing positivity into an era of film where it is seemingly quite common to see gritty,hyper-realistic blockbusters.
'A Wrinkle In Time' is a promising film to say the least but ultimately feels rushed and has compromised in such a way that leaves fans of the book disappointed.
reviewed by Nirek Panditha