“A Wrinkle in Time” crinkled into theaters this past week after a week of deafeningly silent social media hype. Based on the much-beloved children’s novel first published 1962, the story was largely considered “unfilmable” because of the original and creative imagery author Madeleine L’Engle penned to paper. However, with the advent of more advanced computer-generated imagery (CGI), Disney decided to give it a feeble try via television in 2003 and now a $100 million silver screen try in 2018.
The story centers on Meg, aptly played by Storm Reid, a young girl whose father, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) has theories about bending time and space using only one’s thoughts. When Meg’s father disappears, a ginormous 60-foot tall Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), a hyper-for-no-reason Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and notably-not-funny Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) teach Meg and her younger brother how to travel to the other end of the universe in search of their father.
The Mrs. trio searches for “warriors that will serve the light and the good” in the universe and defeat the source of all evil, known as The Black Thing. They guide Meg, her friend and her brother in their search for Dr. Murry as they visit planets with eye catching colorful creatures until they find Camazotz, a dark planet that has given into The Black Thing.
The film is a painful cinematic mess to watch if you are like me and have not read the book, so it is hard to imagine how much more difficult viewing it might be for those who have read the Newbery Medal award-winning novel. The visual effects are overdone, the characters are stilted, and the messaging is too simple to keep pace with the ambitious yet ineffectual dialogue.
“A Wrinkle in Time” (109 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a kid-friendly PG rating for thematic elements and some peril. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Then, plan to spend your free time this spring break reading the book, “A Wrinkle in Time.”
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