'A Wrinkle In Time' Review: 'A Star Is Born In Storm Reid'

The Biggest Challenges in Making A WRINKLE IN TIME

A friend of mine had a tremendous, tremendous episode of peer pressure of big proportions that I'd never experienced or seen just a couple of weeks ago when the whole country, well a lot of the country, was saying you should run for president.

"I flipped out", says Reid, now 14 and in the ninth grade.

Disney's big-screen, bigger-budget adaptation of the beloved 1963 novel by Madeleine L'Engle is worth seeing for a number of reasons, but you may not get what you're expecting from the star-studded cast and ground-breaking director, Ava DuVernay. These are all worthy messages, mind you, but they are all but lost in this cluttered, exposition-heavy nonsense.

If all of this has you intrigued, or if you're looking for more A Wrinkle in Time content after your adventure to the theater, you'll be pleased to know that the 2003 A Wrinkle in Time is super cheap to buy or rent. I would wait for this to hit the rental market unless you really just want to eat a big tub of movie theatre popcorn. The new-age crap quotient borders on intolerable. Deric McCabe is directed to frequently shout his lines as Meg's younger brother and this gets bothersome quickly. Reid's portrayal of a kid grappling with the disappearance of her father and the rejection of friends at school is one plenty of children and teens can and will relate to. Earlier this week, the female black director took to social media to reveal that she's not the woman for the job.

But back to those astral travelers: Mrs. Mrs. Whatsit and her two fellow mystical beings, Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), looks Persian in dress and hairstyle and quotes various human sages, including Buddha, Gandhi and Chris Tucker.

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A positive thing about the film according to critics is the cast. They just latch onto how what they're watching makes them feel. Other fantastical characters played by Zach Galifianakis (as Happy Medium) and Michael Peña drop in to be confounding and leave having added nothing to the story or Meg's life. As Ava told Collider.com, "This is a film for young people and people who are young at heart".

Indeed many will notice that A Wrinkle In Time plays on themes of our current political climate as well as just common themes of love and family. Although some fans hope to see Duvernay work on a future "Star Wars" movie, the director thinks she's not the right person to do it. Meg starts the film awkward, shy and bullied at school, only gradually coming to realize that she possesses real power, and that our talents are not great in themselves; it's what we do with them that defines us.

Overall it is a lovely movie and has some awesome visuals, but I feel it's definitely going to be enjoyed more by those who are unfamiliar with the book, and within the recommended age group.

I wouldn't worry too much.

Youngsters will enjoy DuVernay's visuals and strong-willed main character, while the older folks marvel at the inclusion of a new Sade song (her first in seven years), though across the board, this disappointing Time will cause more than a little wrinkling of the forehead in frustration. "I was a whole ball of emotions!" - and also an absolute revelation.

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