“A Wrinkle in Time” Movie Review
by Osazee Osaghae
“A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L'Engle, is a classic book that many kids enjoyed reading in grade school. Because of this, the upcoming movie version has garnered lots of attention and excitement around its release.
The movie adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” was released on Feb. 26. It was produced by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell, making it the first $100 million movie directed by an African American woman (Ava DuVernay). “It’s a Disney movie, it better look good,” Diego Acuna, Adv. 901, stated. The visuals of the movie were probably the best part of the entire film. From the scenery to the clothing, each scene was beautifully detailed. Every reimagined or adaptation movie should have these types of visuals because of the guidelines that the book provides.
In terms of the film itself, it is somewhat faithful to the book. The plot centers around a young girl named Meg Murray (Storm Reid), who is an intellectually gifted student. However, her father (Chris Pine), mysteriously disappears from her life when he was trying to prove a theory regarding time, space, and consciousness. The relationship between Meg and her parents sparks the beginning of the movie. After her father left, Meg struggled through school. Her grades started to slip and neither her mother nor the principal understands what she is going through. The only lead the daughter has on her father’s whereabouts is that he is somewhere on a random planet called Camazotz where he is being threatened by a force called IT(not the clown movie).
Although the plot of the film sounds essentially the same as the book, it seems as if the producers dialed back a bit on the amount of gloominess the book portrayed. This is not necessarily a bad thing, considering Disney has a family-friendly audience. However, it is a bit upsetting in the sense that the film did not have as much suspense as the book did. “When I read the book, I remember being scared because I imagined a gloomy environment, ” Ibrahim Adebayo, Adv. 907 stated. “The movie was visually appealing, but I wish it was a bit darker towards the end of the movie,” he said.
Overall, though, the film was packed with high quality scenes that can distract a viewer from what the is actually happening in the scene. “A Wrinkle in Time” will keep one engaged as Meg struggles to unravel the mysteries behind the malevolent force called IT.