‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Summary and Review: No More Than a Beautiful Failure


Though A Wrinkle in Time movie can be called a beautiful and engaging story, it still fails to fulfill the true potential of its cast and creator. Its director Ava DuVernay became one of the most wished-for Hollywood filmmakers after her success with the 2014 Selma movie. Despite that fact, she remained loyal to her Disney vocation and this time devoted herself to the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 book – the novel that became beloved by the majority of its readers. However, to create the good adaptation scenario is much harder than to find the difference between MS and MBA degree.

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time Characters Deserve Special Attention 

One of the main heroines is Meg Murry, who lives an idyllic life with her parents Dr. Kate Murry and Dr. Alex Murry. Her parents are investigating the astrophysics abilities to pass through the galaxy. She also has a brother Charles Wallace, who was adopted, when she was a little girl. However, her problems are much more serious than gaining some alternative degrees to MBA. One day her father disappears, and she starts to experience some troublesome period in her school life. Four years after, she gets acquainted with mysterious three Mrs. willing to help her to find her father. Their names are Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. It turns out that he discovered a new way of traveling through the universe, which is called “tessering.”

The heroes start their journey and soon encounter the great evil called It. They understand that they can find Dr. Murry only with the help of other forces, that’s why they ask Happy Medium for that. In spite of locating Dr. Murry in the Camazotz world, young people are not sure they can save him. First of all, they are facing the greatest evil in the universe. Moreover, they are dealing with their personal issues like understanding their inner worlds and overcoming their doubts. It cannot be compared to the thoughts of common teenagers like “What can I do instead of MBA.”

A Wrinkle in Time story consists of different parallel worlds. They are the world of personal feelings, the world of inexplicable, and the world of science. Those worlds are interconnected and require a certain amount of courage and talent from a filmmaker to be blended properly with each other. However, the film fails to expose the true thoughts and motives of the characters before they do anything strange or unexplainable.

A Wrinkle in Time movie is quite an ambitious project, aiming at creating a high-concept, sci-fi adventure with the talented cast. However, instead of being an artwork, it fails to live up elicit its potential. To tell the truth, it really suffers from the attempts to overlay these components.

Meg Murry’s character is one of the most important and deep protagonists of the story. She is truly the star of the book and the film. However, sometimes the script lacks the proper explanations of her character. Storm Reid, who plays Meg, and Levi Miller, who plays Calvin, create a pretty nice couple together with Calvin being so supportive and understanding, when Meg is in trouble. Those actors represent truly the new generation of heroes. The film romantic subplot is successful due to their charm and professionalism.

On the contrary, Charles Wallace played by Deric McCabe is one of the weakest characters among the young ones. It happened mostly due to the fact that the character often serves as a troublemaker, initiating the next plot developments. McCabe was given a really difficult task with having to develop the really dramatic changes in his character. However, they turned out to be rather funny than dramatic.

The three mysterious Mrs. played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey don’t have enough lines to say and to perform. Their characters, though, played in a perfectly absurd way are serving the purpose of moving the plot forward and explaining it to the others. Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Dr. Kate Murry and Chris Pine’s Dr. Alex Murry turned to be developed characters than the Mrs. Their bond is one of the pillars of the script, in spite of the fact that their roles are really small.

Although A Wrinkle in Time was meant to become a persuasive art piece with the elements of the adventurous science fiction novel with well-developed characters, it turned to be a misfire. Given such a mix of a talented and interesting cast, powerful and high-concept book material, Ava DuVernay was unable to create a film with a strong message in it. Without any doubt, she is a talented and experienced director, but she failed to fully develop the book’s topics such as self-identity, family issues, and personal doubts. It’s not just a task of finding courses other than MBA.

One of the most serious problems of the movie is its focus on the children. The script is written for the children, and it presents the plot in such a way that a child can understand. That’s why the movie sometimes fails to show the serious psychological problems and the development of the characters. Despite the fact that all topics raised in the movie are undoubtedly universal, the target audience embraces families with small children.

This is a film made for the younger generation to understand, to dwell on, and to learn something new about the world. There’s nothing wrong with it because there’re not so many movies designed for the younger generations. However, the adults may find the movie to be not the one living up to the expectations.

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