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A Wrinkle in Time: A Magical Mess

Fantasy fans secretly yearn for new world-creating films like NarniaLord of the Rings and others. So when a new film promises a magical world, the expectations are pretty high. A Wrinkle in Time has managed to muster up some magical moments that glimmered in the otherwise mess of a feature.

A Wrinkle in Time is based on a children’s novel written by Madeleine L’Engle. It creates a world where humans are able to transport to different places, planets and even galaxies in what the film calls “tessering.” Scientist Alex Murray (Chris Pine) discovers this process and implements it, leaving his wife (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) to raise his daughter Meg (Storm Reid) and son Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe). Four years after Alex’s disappearance, Meg and Charles Wallace are visited by three fairylike women, and they embark on a journey to find their father.

The film’s plot starts out as something that could be watched by adults but soon dwindles into a children’s film, one that wouldn’t even fool the informed and overly exposed children of today.

The plot also had a major structure issue. A lot of times the audience did not know what was happening, and were bored because insignificant scenes were stretched out.

Graphics wise the film was mediocre and not at all spectacular; mainly green screen work and glitter makeup, so no dazzle there folks. The film’s few magical moments arose from the film attempting to appeal to the audiences’ inner child. 

As for the acting, Storm Reid did an okay job; not too great since she basically had the same expression throughout the film’s entirety, with only a few moments where she actually let go and let the emotions flow. Deric McCabe was perhaps the best of all, perfectly portraying the brainy little boy who is charmingly weird. Chris Pine only had a few scenes in, and that was a good thing since his acting skills barely showed in this film. Other supporting cast members like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling did a better job than most of the main cast members, but not enough to save this film.

A messy rendition of a new world that could have been truly magical if supported properly but is instead just another children’s film and not even a good one. Fantasy fans will be disappointed.


Like This? Try

The BFG (2016), The Jungle Book (2016), Cinderella (2015). 

360 Tip

First live-action movie with a nine-digit budget to be directed by a woman of colour.

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