Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s famous novel, A Wrinkle in Time, came to theaters nationwide on March 9. The cast is comprised of many famous faces, including Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey.
The story follows Margaret “Meg” Murry (Storm Reid) as she copes with losing her father after he mysteriously disappeared four years ago. With his kind personality, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), her younger adopted brother, quickly befriends powerful witches who are the protectors of the good and light in the universe. They offer to help Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller), a friend from school, embark of a journey through time and space to find her father. As they travel through different dimensions and explore various planets, the trio ultimately learns the importance of love and family and its power against darkness.
A major highlight of the film was the many special effects and interesting details that took audiences to another planet. The bright and colorful imagery created a whimsical feel that sparked the imagination of anyone watching. The movie also showcased a lot of diversity, as seen with the cast and even within some of the costumes of the three witches, which were extravagant and fun pops of color.
While the vibrant details were exceptional, the story lacked a fresh angle. The plot followed the typical storyline where the main character goes on a life-changing journey which, in the end, leads to a battle between evil and love. Beyond the colorful sets, the storyline was rather plain and simple. It lacked depth. Other components of this movie were a little confusing at times and almost hard to follow.
With such an extraordinary cast, the expectations were high, but unfortunately something was missing. It had so much potential to be a fascinating fantasy, that the final product was a little disappointing. Nonetheless, it was still a nice, family-friendly adventure full of imagination and heartfelt lessons about family and friendship.
Overall Rating: 3/5