Movie Review : A Wrinkle In Time

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A Wrinkle in Time is Hollywood’s latest attempt to bring the pages of our childhood storybooks to life on the silver screen. And if it’s anything like it’s predecessors, it’s bound to be an action-packed ride from the first scene to the final credit. However, much like its winding storyline, A Wrinkle in Time’s journey to the big screen was full of adventure, peril, and uncertainty. In the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the country was in need of hope and young Catherine Hand had an idea of what the country needed and who could make it happen. As the ten-year-old innocently drafted, but never sent, a letter to Mr. Walt Disney in 1963 asking him to bring the book to life, she had no idea that she would ultimately be the one to see her dream realized in Hollywood. Through a series of fated connections between Hand, Disney screenwriter and director Jennifer Lee, and Oscar-nominated director Ava Duvernay, A Wrinkle in Time’s future on the silver screen was all but foretold.  

Nearly 55 years after Hand pitched her letter to Disney, her favorite book graced the screens of theaters across the country and world on March 9, 2018. Ava Duvernay directed the film and Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kalling star as the ethereal Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whasit, and Mrs. Who, respectively. This is also the breakout role for relatively newcomer Storm Reid, who plays the main protagonist Meg Murry.

Written by the talented and inspired 17-year-old Madeleine L’Engle in 1962, the book centers on protagonist Meg Murry, a stubborn preteen who is determined to find her lost scientist father with the help of her younger brother and a classmate. The trio traverses the galaxy in search of Murray’s father using a tesseract, technology that allows the users to travel along folds in space and time. With the help of the three Mrs. — Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who — the children explore various planets and dimensions to seek out the lost Dr. Murry, who disappeared after conducting an experiment with tesseracts. The film is expected to be a true interpretation of the storyline.

This is the second mainstream mega film of 2018 to be directed by an African American (the first being Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther) and the first $100 million budget film to be led by an African American woman. Duvernay will add this credit to her list of accomplishments that include the Oscar-nominated Selma, the prison-industrial complex documentary The 13th, and the southern television drama Queen Sugar which is produced by Oprah.

In its first 10 days in theaters, A Wrinkle in Time recouped nearly 70 percent of its $103 million budget. Critics praise the films stunning visuals and cast performances, but cited the film’s ambitious nature as a drawback to the final product. While the film has a 40 percent “rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes, a popular movie review website, it is a hit among viewers under 18, the film’s intended audience, who give the film an A- average.