Kathy vs. TK’s view of A WRINKLE IN TIME

A wrinkle in time

A WRINKLE IN TIME – Rated PG – 1 hr. 49 mins. 

Director:  Ava DuVernay 

Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Pena 

Still trying to come to terms with the unexpected disappearance of her father, Mr. Murray (Chris Pine) over 4 years ago, Meg (Storm Reid), finds herself following little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and their friend Calvin (Levi Miller), into an imaginary world, filled with the women who rule our universe, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling).

As our Mrs.’s teach the children what our universe is really all about…it seems that an evil force is also amongst them, trying to engulf everything it can in its path to make our world a dark and dismal place…

When Meg realizes that this world of time and space ~ occupied by these terrestrial beings ~ holds the keys to finding her father…it’s up to her, Charles Wallace, and Calvin too, make it their lives mission to find Mr. Murray, and to bring him back home, so they can start their lives anew…

I give A WRINKLE IN TIME a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX!  I was hoping to be sending everyone to the theater this weekend to catch this much-anticipated children friendly sci-fi film, but sadly…it didn’t end up being at all what I was hoping it would be.  Although I think Storm Reid is awesome as young Meg, and it was great to see Oprah, Reese and Mindy playing on the big screen as the “bigger than life” terrestrial characters of this storyline, the film itself didn’t manage to muster up the WOW FACTOR I assumed it would, when it was all said and done.  Having never read the book, I can’t say for sure, but the film itself seems to be missing large, gaping holes in the storyline, which I’m not sure was an editing issue, or if we just didn’t take many parts in this storyline to full fruition.  The imagery of this film was also spectacular one minute, and just so-so the next, making it feel like Disney could have done so much more, but for some reason, decided to hold back in making this film the over-the-top spectacular it could have been.  It truly pains me to not give this film a “must see on the big screen” review, but it just fell short of the incredibly film it could have been, causing me to suggest that if you’ve been promising the kiddos a trip to a theater near you to view this film this weekend, then by all means, don’t disappoint them, But, if you are expecting to be blown away from another Disney film of incredible creativeness, then you might find yourself sadly unimpressed too, which is why I am suggesting you wait to catch A WRINKLE IN TIME on DVD or NETFLIX!

Kathy Kaiser


 

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A WRINKLE IN TIME

Director by:  Ava DuVernay

Cast:  Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Michael Pena, Levi Miller

After her father mysteriously disappears, Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace and her friend from school Calvin get sent on a quest to find him by three other worldly beings.

BELOW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS…CONTINUE READING AT OWN RISK

Let me start by saying, I have not read the book this movie is based on.  And if you haven’t read the book, then you’re going to have a hard time following this film because it feels like there are parts missing that only the book has.  It’s almost like you have to imagine how each scene in the movie is connected to one another and that’s not good storytelling…it’s confusing storytelling. This movie feels like a six year old is trying to tell you a story while the television is on behind you.  It’s cute and all…and while both are entertaining, you still have no idea what’s going on. A Wrinkle in Time does have some very memorable scenes scattered throughout it and it does keep your attention for the entire time you’re watching it, but you are just hopping from one scene to the next (like someone on a couch, channel flipping all your favorite shows and they don’t stay long enough on one channel to give you an understanding as to what the episode is about).

The acting in A Wrinkle in Time was fairly good.  Oprah was Oprah, only in weird costumes. Reese Witherspoon had a few moments that were entertaining.  Mindy Kaling broke out of her comedy shell a bit and showed us her drama side. Zach Galifianakis was up to his old comedy tricks again, which was pretty funny and Michael Pena was a pleasantly creepy surprise.  I think the problem with all of them was you didn’t buy their characters. When each of them was on the screen I was saying to myself, “Oprah is talking to Reese right now. And now Zach is speaking. Hey, there’s Michael Pena, I loved him in Ant-Man.”  In conclusion, my suggestion is that A Wrinkle in Time is one you should probably wait to watch at home or better yet, you could just read the book instead. Until next time, thanks for reading.