'A Wrinkle in Time' presents laughable acting, confusing plot

Leslie Hanson
March 13, 2018

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time", an epic adventure based on Madeleine L'Engle's timeless classic that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love.

"A Wrinkle in Time" is the latest Disney film directed by Ava DuVernay ("Selma").

DuVernay is the first black woman to direct a $100 million movie.

Disney released their highly anticipated movie "A Wrinkle in Time" this past weekend.

The Guardian's Amy Nicholson was similarly critical, saying "A Wrinkle in Time feels like a product molded by a megacorporation too tense to hand over the factory controls". There is only one performance in the film that is worthwhile - Chris Pine as Meg's father.


Accompanying them on this perilous quest, at various stages, is a triumvirate of very entertaining older women, er, celestial beings - Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. The next book in the series, A Wind in the Door, follows Meg, Calvin and their principal, Mr. Jenkins (Andre Holland in the film) as they journey to save Charles Wallace from the malevolent force Echthroi. Who is played by Mindy Kaling, who seems to be trying to steal every scene. Which (Oprah Winfrey) who tell the three children that they can help them find Meg's father. What happened to Meg's father?

There's so much to like in "A Wrinkle in Time", but a lot of it is conceptual. And, to my delight, the film never condescendingly slips into the cynicism and pandering that afflicts so much kid-geared cinema these days. It is most definitely not bad but, for a film where many unbelievable things happen, it is seriously lacking in magic. Still, the messages that "A Wrinkle in Time" gives is a universal, and highly needed message for people of all ages, races, genders, sizes, sexual orientations, etc. Did you see the clip?

"S$3 he infused the love she had for her father, and her mother who is still with us, into the handsome film "A Wrinkle in Time, '" he wrote". Pine is wonderful as the reckless but inspirational dad Dr. Murry, and McCabe is a breakout star, stealing the film from his co-stars as the odd little brother. With the influx of darker, bleaker blockbuster films doing their best to be as dark and dreary as possible, "A Wrinkle in Time", even with its gaudiness, is a joy to look at.

How successful were you at suspending your disbelief while watching the movie?

DuVernay shoots for the stars with a highly stylized look and energy to the film that's both visionary and referential. This all allows the viewer to get attached to her on a more emotional level than the book does. The film often feels like it's tripping over its own plot, lurching from one talking-head set piece to the next: characters go missing and return without explanation; introductions are rushed, and its more fantastic elements are treated so vaguely that none of the stakes really hold any weight.

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