Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital is the film A Wrinkle in Time, based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle.
I remember having to read that book when I was in school. I don’t remember what grade, but I would think it was around middle school.
I remember that it was an interesting read, but at times I found it hard to follow. There is a lot going on in the book.
When I first heard about the film being made I remember thinking about how they were possibly going to turn this rather involved and unique story into a live action film. I didn’t know at that time that the book was made into a film back in the early 2000’s. It was a made for TV film, not a theatrical one.
The theatrical version of the film features an all-star cast including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.
I wouldn’t know where to begin giving a synopsis of this film. It starts off on Earth but travels to different realms with a hodge podge of unique characters, including the three “Mrs” (Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which). Like I said, this is a very involved story, one that confused me when I read the book. I would have hoped that the movie would have been a bit easier to follow along.
For the sake of this review I’m going to rely on the official synopsis.
More than 50 years after Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel “A Wrinkle in Time” was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal, the big-screen retelling of this timeless classic takes audiences on a transformative journey, exquisitely illustrated through jaw-dropping visual effects, a stirring musical score and diverse, star-studded cast. Three celestial guides, Mrs. Which (two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling), come to Earth to share their wisdom and love with struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as she journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.
As fantastical as the film’s premise and imagery may seem, “A Wrinkle in Time” centers on a universal human need that feels particularly relevant and relatable today. “This is a story about belonging,” says DuVernay. “It’s about a girl who just doesn’t feel strong in her mind, body and spirit. But through this epic journey, she finds her strength and learns that the center of the universe starts inside her. It’s about Meg feeling like she belongs in the universe and has a mighty part to play… as do we all.”
Ok… where to begin.
To movie did seem to follow the story line in the book. I read the book about 35 years ago, so it goes without saying that I probably forgot a lot of the story. From what I do remember from the book, the movie seems to follow suit as far as the characters and story line.
The story line was a bit hard to follow at times in the film, as it is in the book (at least for me). It’s easy to get a bit “lost” while watching the film. I almost felt the need to watch it a second time before doing this review, just so I had a better grasp on it.
My husband says the film is very “trippy.” My son really didn’t say much (he’s not much of a movie watcher to begin with) and my daughter spent more time asking questions about what was going on in the film then she did actually watching the movie.
I must say that I was surprised by the casting choice. I’m not saying they were not good choices, I’m just surprised by them. Take for example Oprah. When was the last time she was in a feature film? It was an interesting choice.
The costumes and make-up was especially interesting. Oprah sported some interesting looks, especially when it came to her hair and eye brows.
Storm Reid who plays Meg Murray, whom I would have to say was the star of the film, was an excellent casting choice. I think she really nailed it. She is an excellent role model for young kids. She’s very strong and determined.
The film seems to go from one extreme to the next. Sometimes the CGI takes my breath away and other times it’s almost laughable. I realize it takes a lot of people to make a film, but I wondered if some people were not on the same page, sad to say.
I love Chris Pine. I think he’s an awesome actor. I loved him in Wonder Woman. I just wasn’t into his character in this film for some reason. It seemed kind of “flat” and not up to the work I’ve seen him in. I don’t think it was so much him as an actor, but more so the material.
I’m “on the fence” about the movie. There are aspects of it that I loved and other parts that just didn’t do it for me. A lot of it might have to do with the story it’s self. Its a huge undertaking to turn this into a film. I applaud the film makers for stepping up to the challenge of bringing the book to life. I think they did a great job, I just think that story it’s self is too much. If that makes any sense?
There are bonus features with this film including deleted scenes and funny bloopers. There is also a behind the scenes look at the making of this film, which I recommend watching if you have the opportunity. It will give you a better appreciation for this massive undertaking and give you a better insight into how this book came to life on the big screen.
Music plays a big part in this film too, so there are some music videos in the bonus features as well.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. It’s the theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.
Did you see the film? If so, what did you think about it? Have you read the book? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.