A Wrinkle In Time (2018): Film Review
It is rare when a movie is butchered by fans, but not by critics. This kind of applies to Disney's adaption of A Wrinkle of Time, because while critics gave it average reviews, fans absolutely went off on the film. The film managed to earn a 3.5/10 from fans on IMDb, a score only achieved for truly terrible films. But, upon my viewing of Ava DuVernay's newest film, I was surprised to see that I didn't hate it, like most people. Rather, I thought it was decent, entertaining, and a pretty good movie - as long as you didn't think too much of it. Perhaps, this was because I hadn't read the book, so I didn't know exactly what the film was about, but I truly don't think it was as bad as everyone is saying it is. But, that doesn't mean its perfect. The films tells the story of Meg Murry, a teenager whose dad has been gone for four years. She has separated herself from society, and has lost her happiness. On a random day, she is paid a visit by a weird lady named Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) who starts to talk to her about all the greatness she can achieve. Soon later, she is visited by Mrs. Whatsit again, this time with two other women (Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling), and together, the women, Meg, her friend Calvin, and adopted brother Charles Wallace "tesser" to a journey to find Meg's father. On the journey, they encounter countless hardships, and make memories that will last a lifetime. First, let's start with the good. The film is visually stunning, and you can tell DuVernay used her hefty 100 million dollar budget wisely, because some of the visuals are truly spectacular. The film has a diverse cast, which is great, especially at a time where diversity is scolded by some groups of people. In the film industry, black people and women sadly see limits, which is truly not acceptable. But, this time, the directors chair is filled with a black woman, which is truly amazing, and shows a jump to a more equal society in the world of film. The film is entertaining, and I didn't find myself bored at all throughout the 107 minute run-time. The film is fun and action-packed, which is always a good sign. But, the film has a lot of flaws as well. The acting feels very forced, and there is zero character development for everyone except Meg. A lot of events happened unexplained, and the climax of the film is perhaps the least entertaining part. The chemistry between some of the characters feels insanely awkward, especially between Meg and Calvin; and some of the events that happen in the film add nothing at all to the plot. Overall, Ava DuVernay's transformation of the classic novel to the silver screen isn't anywhere near terrible, but has a lot of things that separate it from being a truly "good" movie. In other words, it's fine, but could have been so much better. And, that's a real shame.