Today I gave my self a treat and went to see the new A Wrinkle in Time movie directed by Ava DuVernay. First, I would like to clarify that this was one of the books that I would read over and over again on as a child. I loved the story, the characters, the overall message of the book. So this review comes from a place love.
I liked the movie. It was fun, entertaining, and stayed mostly true to the message of the book. The main character is Meg Murray a young girl attempting to cope with the disappearance of her father 4 years earlier. Meg is in that awkward teen stage which is only amplified by her insecurities about her worth associated with her missing father. Meg’s younger adopted brother Charles Wallace, offers her some comfort as he spends time reassuring her of her value and beauty, reminding her that their mother was the same way and she grew up to be beautiful. One evening the Murray family is visited by a strange woman named Mrs. Whatsit. Their mother, Kate Murray eventually gets Mrs. Whatsit to leave after Charles Wallace admits to having met her before as she was stealing their sheets. This is the beginning of their adventure which I will share more of in the spoiler review.
As you can tell this movie moves quickly. A bit too quickly for my taste. I must assume that the viewer is supposed to have read the book before seeing the movie. Without that background there are several scenes, bits of dialogue, and character actions that are left unexplained UNLESS you’ve read the book. For example, there is a scene in the beginning where Charles Wallace is downstairs during a stormy night and makes Meg warm milk with sandwiches before she actually comes downstairs. The movie presents this as his being a bit precocious and as a sign of how much he cares for his sister, There is a more important reference to his role in the book that is not covered much in the film. This could have been fleshed out in the film but it seemed that with all that needed to be covered that a lot of plot points from the book were left out or simply inferred.
Visually the film is stunning. It seems that this is a reoccurring theme with ok story telling but beautiful cinematography. It is lovely watching everyone explore a world that is not restrained by our limited understanding of what is possible. With that being said, there was not a lot of depth to the story line. A lot of the elements that made the book so powerful were watered down or completely left out of the film. This left the film with a bit of a hollow ring to it. Enjoyable but not long lasting.
If you would like to hear my thoughts on the film check out my non-spoiler A Wrinkle in Time Review here: