Monday, March 12, 2018

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

Disney's latest fantasy adaption tries to cover up the lack of plot with a ton of special effects but is still a dull film. Meg (Storm Reid) was raised to be a scientific genius under the tutelage of her two incredibly smart parents Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine). Unfortunately, a lot of this is shown by throwing out random science words and doesn't do much to explain or excite the viewer about actual science. The scientist parents have some unique theories and Dr. Alex Murry goes missing after supposedly coming up with a big discovery just as they adopted a new child Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe). His two names are repeated over and over throughout the film. I have not yet revisited the books but the complicated dialogue does not translate well to the screen especially for the young actors.

Meg, we are told, is unpopular and bullied so she lashes out but her friend Calvin (Levi Miller) sees her in a different light. Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) just shows up without any sort of lead up, though Charles Wallace seems to be expecting her. She is asked to leave by Kate but promises to come back. Charles Wallace takes Meg to Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) who can only quote others and where strange glasses. Finally, they meet Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), the most powerful warrior. The world has this curtains that only take thought or something and Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace transport to a flower world. They run around and Mrs. Whatsit turns into a leaf and flies around with the kids until a dark thing threatens them.

The flowers tell them that Meg's father went to a dangerous world so they transport again to a crystal place where Happy Medium (Zach Galifianakis) helps Meg see her true strength. They move on from their to the dangerous world but the three warrior women cannot stay. The terrible world has a neighborhood with strange kids and moms and beaches with Red (Michael Peña) who takes away Charles Wallace. Meg and Calvin have to run from a tornado and Meg uses science to get away. 

Charles Wallace becomes possessed by the evil thing known as It and Meg has to reason with him to find her father. They can't leave without Meg's little brother so she ventures into the dark place and yells at him about love until he cracks and she came pull him out free. They are almost in trouble but the women warriors return and save them from trouble. They are transported back home and Dr. Murry reunites with his family.

A Wrinkle in Time is overly corny and almost has no sense to its plot. The acting is terrible even from veteran actresses and it is too much to ask for Storm Reid to carry the blockbuster on her own. Ava Duverney does not adapt well to the big budget and while the special effects looked decent there really wasn't so much vision to the film that it took cinema to another level. Disney has tried to start several new franchises but this looks like another false start. 

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