A Wrinkle in Time Review
Disney’s new live-action feature, A Wrinkle in Time, is visually imaginative but falls completely flat in every other aspect.
A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg (Storm Reid), a quirky, young teen whose father goes missing after trying to ripple through the fabric of time and space. Just as she feels that her father is truly gone for good, Meg is visited by three mystical beings (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling) that transport her and her friends throughout time and space. Together they embark on a journey to find Meg’s father and stop an evil force.
For much younger audiences, A Wrinkle in Time will mesmerize them and make them have feeling similar to how many of their parents felt when watching The NeverEnding Story back in the 80s. However, for many parents attending a screening with their kids, they will think that the film’s visual are fresh and eye-catching but be bored with the rest of the film.
The film’s cast is full of some of the most talented actors in business and many would expect some great performances to add some extra magic to its characters. But this doesn’t really happen, as many more recognizable actors and actresses are left to more minor roles and do not grab much screen time. Not to mention that Winfrey, Witherspoon, and Kalings’ characters don’t get much explanation and they never really feel as powerful as they should. It also wastes the talents of Zack Galifianakis and Michael Pena by sidelining them to only a couple of minutes of screen time.
Weak and unrealistic dialogue is also a major flaw that makes its teenage characters feel out of touch and more like characters than people. There are also moments that are clearly attempts to have true adaptations from the novel that do not translate well when put to film. Audiences will be more distracted by these attempts more than they should be and see the film’s weaknesses come to the forefront.
But the biggest weakness that A Wrinkle in Time suffers from is existing with both science fiction storytelling and fantasy antics. The film tries to enact scientific thought throughout its story and characters but has them gives more fantasy and magical answers that don’t add up. This leads the film to feel a little nonsensical and have audiences feel like they are unclear on what is happening.
So while visually appealing, A Wrinkle in Time doesn’t really have much going for it and wastes a truly talented cast on some unworthy material.