'A Wrinkle in Time:' A weak adaptation of a classic novel

Ava Du Vernay shows support for Ryan Coogler

I also interviewed two 10- year-olds that loved the film.

That being said, there are certain situations in which you can't avoid it, situations in which that word fits perfectly.

Before it won literary honors and became part of school reading lists around the country, "A Wrinkle in Time" struggled to find a publisher.

Meg, the young protagonist of A Wrinkle in Time, is preoccupied with her long locks, according to Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 book of the same name. Who (Mindy Kaling), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs.Which (Oprah Winfrey).

Last week I reviewed "Red Sparrow", a spy movie with a typical spy movie plot. Meg's dad (Chris Pine) is white. What's the significance of Winfrey, Witherspoon and Kaling's weird characters? For DuVernay, who based Meg's look on her niece Molly, one of the most crucial relationships in A Wrinkle In Time is the budding rapport between Meg and her white classmate Calvin (Levi Miller), who twice compliments Meg's natural curls. The quote from Rumi that acts as a driving force throughout the film - "The wound is the place where the Light enters you", is something I needed to hear as my adult self. Even the film's youngest actor, Deric McCabe, does well in conveying the interesting and dynamic character of Charles Wallace Murry. With the exception of Pine, the always-wonderful Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oprah-who doesn't so much act as lend her celebrity to the film-the name actors here are all pretty awful. Not only did it top the list of my favorite films of the year, it kickstarted my love affair with Ava DuVernay, a director as versatile as she is undeniably talented. As a viewer, you want the film to be a smooth transition, but in an attempt to introduce all the same elements at the same rate and with the same episodic nature as the novel, but with the addition of new elements (Meg's bully, more backstory about her father and his research, etc.), it sacrifices smoothness for speed. Whenever Pine was on-screen, he really brought everything into focus. And if not rules of a social and political nature, then YA films are most likely concerned with rules of magic and science fiction, complex spell casting and special powers bound, sometimes unfortunately so, by the source material's narrative needs and limitations.

While these characters are fun and scene-stealing, they ultimately don't overshadow the main characters, and their strong performances form the backbone of the film's brilliance. While these can be forgiven due to the performers' ages, the rest cannot. I can honestly say I hated myself growing up, just like Meg, and like her, I wanted to come back to myself as someone different. She had a life that could have impact. She fought to free him of the it even when the IT was attacking her. Which, played by Oprah, who does her best with the lines she is given but can't salvage the over-explanatory dialogue. Right? Well, sort of.

Some of the movie's best moments are completely ruined due to the film's over reliance on pop songs.

The only positive thing I can find in "A Wrinkle in Time" are the visual effects. The kids at my screening applauded at the end, and I'm glad they got something out of it. Regardless of what you think about the film, this is a message that can only do good for its young viewers.

This all goes to say that, while A Wrinkle in Time is 109 minutes, it could have done with more length.



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