A Wrinkle in Time Review
It’s not often that you find a movie for kids that wasn’t really made for the adults buying the tickets. A Wrinkle in Time is a kids’ movie that embraces childhood and all of the wonder and messiness that comes with it, while not inserting winks and nods at the grownups in the room.
As a grownup, I didn’t love A Wrinkle in Time – it’s not my genre – but it’s not a movie that was made for me; it was made for girls and boys who are searching to belong, who might be looking for a glimmer of hope in these dark times and for kids who really love cool costumes, strong characters and special effects. And, of course, fans of the Madeline L’Engle’s classic novel.
The grownup and the 10-year-old in me did really love the positive messages and the casting. There is a message of hope and one of trusting yourself and your instincts.
If you didn’t read the book, A Wrinkle in Time is about Meg Murry (Storm Reid), a lonely middle-schooler who has not really recovered from her father’s (Chris Pine) disappearance. He’s a wacky scientist who, along with Meg’s scientist mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), was trying to figure out how to travel through the universe. With the help of Mrs. Whatsit (a silly Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (an underutilized Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah being her Oprahist), Meg, her little brother (Deric McCabe) and her friend Calvin go off on a grand adventure to find her father.
Meg is strong, smart and a great role model while also being vulnerable and someone that many girls can relate to. Even the bully in the film is layered and sympathetic. It also helps that the kids are acting their hearts out and are totally believable.
Also believable to me is Oprah Winfrey as a larger than life creature who is looking out for us from above. She is there to provide hope and impart wisdom. As someone who watched The Oprah Winfrey Show every afternoon when I came home from school, it’s exciting to me that a new generation will get to experience her wise words. She isn’t doing anything groundbreaking in her performance, but she is saying things to kids that they may need to hear right now – “Have faith in who you are.” “Be a Warrior.”
This movie comes at the perfect time, in my opinion. Kids all over the country are planning school walkouts to protest gun violence after the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida. They’re being forced to act like adults and demand that the world be a better, safer place for them because adults have failed to do it. Kids are growing up too fast. A Wrinkle in Time allows kids to be kids and also leaders and warriors. It may not be for adults, but that’s okay.