Weekly Movie Review - A Wrinkle In Time

  • Weekly Movie Review - A Wrinkle In Time

Weekly Movie Review - A Wrinkle In Time

A Wrinkle in Time grossed $1.2 million in Thursday previews that was added into its Friday take of $10.3 million, and though it held up well for the weekend, its $33.3 million estimated gross (around $8,3k per theater) put it in second place. When it was announced that her next film would be a Disney adaption of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 smash novel "A Wrinkle in Time", I was a bit confused, but when the first trailer came out, I was stunned. A Wrinkle in Time feels very "young" to me, and I mean that as a compliment; it was, on its own terms, definitely made to speak to kids.

"I saw some of the cast from Black Panther, which made me really excited..."

The trailers for "A Wrinkle in Time" didn't help make the story more clear. It does an absolutely terrible job at setting up the situation and the universe it takes place in.

In the book, Dr. Alex Murry is gone for a little more than a year before Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin go looking for him.

Winfrey's character, remains solid and reliable. Storm Reid, for her part, manages to make Meg a deep and nuanced character even in the face of all the odd and sometimes clunky dialogue. What gave me pause, however, was the short clip before the film. After a while, I became numb to them.

Out of the long list of Marvel films, "Black Panther" is the fifth MCU movie to pass the billion-dollar mark and the only origin story to do so. "A Wrinkle in Time" fails to present anything tangible, and the end result leaves the audience scratching their heads.

However, the film itself can also be reviewed on two different levels: how it performs as a film for children and how it performs as a film for adults. There is only one performance in the film that is worthwhile - Chris Pine as Meg's father.

Focus Features' thriller Thoroughbreds opened with a quiet $1.2 million on 549 screens. The $39.6 million worldwide opening is not too shabby, but the film will need to go the distance as its foreign expansion continues. He is one of those that knows all the answers, but never divulges them because then the plot would lose intrigue; often spouting phrases like, "you're not ready to know yet" or "now isn't the time". While these can be forgiven due to the performers' ages, the rest cannot.

Accompanying them on this perilous quest, at various stages, is a triumvirate of very entertaining older women, er, celestial beings - Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. She was like a cartoon character, and I found myself slightly annoyed and uncomfortable whenever she spoke. Worst of all, it just is not that fun to watch.

Filmed in New Zealand, Oprah said the location "exceeded" her expectations. Right? Well, sort of.

She wrestles with her own insecurities, faults and feelings of self-doubt through the film. Kaling's character is the least compelling, maybe because she's "evolved past language" and thus only allowed to spout quotes from others, a diverse bunch that includes Buddha, OutKast, Kahlil Gibran, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Unfold your love (or hate) for all things "A Wrinkle in Time" in the comments. Their time here is the most visually interesting of the film, especially the scene of scarily alike children bouncing the same balls at the same moment outside the same houses. At times the locations were nearly psychedelic, and felt like something ripped out of a "Doctor Strange" comic. There are so many incredibly talented female directors and directors of colour out there and so many I would love to see play in this universe. Not a good dream per se, more so the type that you wake up after and think, "What just happened?"

"This whole thing doesn't work if you don't have a great Meg".