There are few things I love more than a good Disney movie. No matter how old I get, I will always escape to the worlds that Disney paints across the screen. When I first saw the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, I thought, “Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling? Sign me up!”. Unfortunately, the casting caused me to set my expectations a little too high…
The film starts out promising, introducing the plot and characters in endearing, magical ways. We met Meg (newcomer Storm Reid) who is stuck in a seemingly never ending rut after the disappearance of her father 4 years ago. Her younger brother, Charles Wallace (played brilliantly by Deric McCabe), introduces her to 3 peculiar beings– Mrs. Which (Oprah), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)– who set out to help them find their father who is lost somewhere in time.
I was hoping magic and adventure would ensue but the story was too hard to follow. There were holes in the plot and a disconnect when the characters moved through out the universe. If it’s hard to follow for an adult, I’m not sure how children will grasp the storyline either.
There were pockets of the film that were visually amazing and really inspiring. The overarching lesson of the film is that love conquers all. This message is really important, especially in this day and age so I loved that. The costuming is also beautiful and I am all for Reese Witherspoon as a red head. The best part? Zach Galifianakis has a small role and he steals the show. He is funny, loveable, sassy and all the things this film needed.
Overall, this A Wrinkle in Time missed the mark. It has lots of great moments and an amazing concept but the storyline was too messy. Disney has several movies coming out this year so hopefully those will rise above. If you are interested in seeing A Wrinkle in Time, I’d recommend going to see it on $5 Tuesdays or just waiting till it hits RedBox. *Shrug*
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