Special thank you to Disney for the complimentary screening pass to write this ‘Wrinkle in Time Movie Review’ – all opinions are my own
It’s a concept that we rarely think about, but it’s always there and existing amongst us – the light and the dark. There is the atom that we can’t see and the furthest spots in the universe that we can’t even imagine. Through a story of love, Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ takes audiences on a journey through time and space. Opening in theaters on March 9th, see why I think A Wrinkle in Time is perfect for families to enjoy together.
A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review
About the Storyline
Ava DuVernay has been proclaimed as a ‘visionary director’ and a 2018 Academy Award nominee. Having never read the book, I didn’t know how the film would bring that claim to life. Halfway through the storyline, I knew exactly what that meant.
From the pages of the poplar sci-fi young adult novel (by Madeleine L’Engle), Ava brought the oddities and the whimsy of the story to the big screen.
The main character, Meg (Storm Reid), is a bright tween who loses herself to troubled instances at school, after the mysterious disappearance of her scientist father. Her younger brother, who is always in defense of his big sister and wants her happiness, leads them on a journey to find their father. Together, with Meg’s friend, they meet three peculiar characters that guide them through the universe. They they must confront a powerful evil force, and obstacles within, before returning home.
The Visual Effects
The first scene when Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), one of our three peculiar characters, appears is a glimpse at the film’s upcoming visuals. For me, the enchantment started with the makeup and costume design that was full of glitter and color. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) accompany the children into a world beyond our imagination.
It seems impossible to visualize what the universe would look like if you traveled through it, but ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ does it. There are some stunning CGI visual effects that range from bright landscapes to dark dimensions.
What took me by surprise the most was the ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ music. I immediately had the urge to come home and look up the soundtrack. There are seven original songs written for the film and several that instantly grabbed me. I love when a movie introduces us to new music as well.
Age Appropriateness for Kids
Although adults can definitely appreciate the movie, this one is geared towards the Tween age group. I think it’s great to have a movie, with positive characters, that resonates with that particular audience. Even though this is one of those movies that you can feel comfortable dropping your kids off at the theater for, you should see it together as a family.
There’s an underlying theme of self-discovery that fits perfectly with the tween demographic. The main character must face the darkness within, learn to trust herself and find the strength to lead her family home.
The other concept of good vs. evil might be hard for younger children to understand, but there was nothing inappropriate. It’s a sweet movie that showcases the bond and love of family. If you’re the parent that feels stuck between “PG feels too young for my kid” and “PG-13 is too mature for my child” this is the movie that finally found the sweet spot in-between.
Behind The Scenes
If you want to look at the making of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and read cast interviews, follow the hashtag #WrinkleinTimeEvent on Twitter.
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Opens March 9th in Theaters
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