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Reviewer: Melissa on June 15, 2018
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When I was in sixth grade, I remember that my mom bought be a copy of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle from the Scholastic flyer that I got from school. I’m a little embarrassed to say that even though the book sounded interesting to me, I never actually got through it and even to this day, the only book by L’Engle that I’ve read is Meet the Austins, which was a Forever YA book club selection several years ago. All this to say that when Think Jam contacted me about doing a movie night in promotion in conjunction with the Blu-ray release of A Wrinkle in Time film, I jumped at the chance.
While I can’t speak to how well Ava DuVernay, an African-American director, adapted L’Engle’s book, I can say that A Wrinkle in Time was an enjoyable 1 hour and 49 minute-long sci-fi adventure filled with a diverse cast and impressive special effects. While I can’t say 100% for sure whether in the book Meg Murray played by Storm Reid) was a biracial character, whether her little brother Charles Wallace (played by Deric McCabe) was adopted or Filipino, whether Mrs. Who (played by Mindy Kaling) was an Indian-American character, or whether either Meg’s mom (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) or Mrs. Which (played by Oprah Winfrey) were African-American characters, but given that it was originally published in 1962, I believe that this was a decision made in casting the film to reflect a world that is much more reflective of the racial diversity in North American society. These casting decisions might very well give young people who look like the various marginalized actors in the film a chance to see themselves in starring roles for, possibly, the first time, which is an admirable decision by Disney in this instance.
While I wouldn’t say that A Wrinkle in Time was my favorite film or even my favorite children’s film, I did enjoy it, and I think that it will be even more appreciated by families with young children. In the current timeline of the movie, Meg’s father disappeared four years earlier after he and Meg’s mother attempt to convince a group of scientists that they’re close to finding a way to travel through space and time using a 5th dimension, for which they’re laughed out of the room. In part due to this disappearance and in part due to a lot of school yard bullying, Meg has become a bit of a troubled teen and an outcast with few – if any – friends. These aspects of the film would be a good way into talking to one’s children about bullying should that conversation not have come up before or to re-engage one’s children in this kind of conversation to check in with them on how they feel at school.
At certain points in the film, I felt a little, admittedly, lost, such as with distinguishing between some of the characters’ names, like Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, and how the science of time travel in this universe worked exactly. I mean, it was clear that love was the means by which the tesseract worked, but some other elements, like why Meg had trouble with it initially, were unclear to me. In some cases, perhaps having read the novel would’ve helped, but I can’t say for sure if that is 100% true as I’ve read some poor reviews of the film that suggest otherwise.
For me personally, the visuals, interesting costumes and hair and makeup, discussion of preteen and teen issues, and the concerted effort to include people of color in the film makes A Wrinkle in Time worth a look!
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