A Wrinkle In Time Review – A Film That Dares You to Be A Kid Again
A Wrinkle In Time is a film that dares it’s audience to be a kid again. I won’t lie, it’s probably going to be hard for some adults. Most live action films these days are aimed at older teens, adults or a combination of both. It’s rare to see a film that puts the focus on kids and their issues and forces the adults in the audience to bring out their inner child instead of asking the kids to handle more adult themes.
I won’t lie, I struggled with this myself while I watched the film. In a day and age when everyone is forced to grow up a bit and be more mature, it’s a bit jarring to watch a live action film stays aimed at a younger audience. That’s not to say that adults cannot enjoy or even relate to A Wrinkle In Time. We definitely can but the film is PG and not PG-13 for a reason. Honestly some PG-13 films today are what used to qualify as R when I was growing up. PG rated films though have remained firmly steady the last few years and I think it will catch a few people off guard.
Once you get over that hump though there’s a lot to enjoy here. Storm Reid’s Meg is a character many of us can relate to. She struggles with handling loss and not wanting to be herself. She lets the negative opinions of others trump those that see her greatness. She’s easy to relate to because her character shows how society can suppress the potential of young people, particularly young black girls. At its core, A Wrinkle In Time is a journey to find, love and accept oneself as well as telling us that the mistakes of our parents shouldn’t define us. It’s a message that is especially needed for kids but plenty of adults could take heed of too.
I could nitpick about issues I had with this film but like I said in my video review, they all come down to me wanting the film to be more adult than it was ever intended to be. Honestly, outside of classic Disney tales like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella & other live-action remakes of Disney animated films or films with CG main characters (Paddington 2), I can’t think of another recent PG live action movie that was given this much care (and Budget) to make it actually good. Even the Harry Potter films eventually started getting PG-13 ratings (Those were also the films I enjoyed more, as I could barely get through the first few PG ones). And none of those films have the type of messaging and themes that this film has.
So when it comes to A Wrinkle In Time, sit back, remind yourself what it was like to be 11- 13 again and enjoy the visuals and the message that comes with it.
Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg's younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides-Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)-who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them.