At the Movies - "A Wrinkle in Time"


"I flipped out", says Reid, now 14 and in the ninth grade. I couldn't tell you now what it was about even if I tried.

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We visit gorgeous green valleys, fields of golden beauty and painted desert spans, and when one star makes a costume change that turns her into a flying green giant intended as a carpet-ride for the story's three kids, well, the wow-factor is high.

My guess is that she is well aware that her reputation for powerful, insightful, needle-moving movies like Selma, 13th, and Middle of Nowhere doesn't really jive with this particular endeavor. Which, Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. It's nearly laughably appropriate casting for Winfrey, who embodies the wise, godlike presence Mrs. The three women tell the children about a malevolent force called the "It" (not to be confused with the Stephen King creation) and the struggle between the Light and the Darkness. I think the movie kind of transcends that, so I hope people are inspired. Everything was attractive. Oprah's makeup was stunning and everything the Mrs. Ws wore was creative and specific to their characters. It was so fun!

But there is also the power of love. She quotes Shakespeare, Gandhi and other notable figures throughout the film. There's likely another version of this movie that's less odd, that's more straightforward, more predictable, and more lifeless. This makes what should be an exciting journey into a painfully boring - and long - lecture.

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They beam down to Earth from some other dimension to aid our 13-year-old heroine (Storm Reid), much like Hagrid takes Harry Potter to Hogwarts and Glinda the Good Witch gives Dorothy yellow-bricked marching orders in Oz. Her reactions to the odd people they meet and places they go are realistic. Michael Peña portraying a red-eyed charmer who hypnotizes Charles Wallace so that he becomes a mouthpiece for The It? A number of fans are thrilled to see a protagonist who looks like them, or a family like theirs, on the silver screen, and they have shared their feelings on Twitter. The relationship between brother and sister in this film is one that most parents dream of, and is actually believable. And one of the best things that happens is the friendship that blossoms between Calvin and Meg. He serves as a sort of love interest for Meg, but he was completely transparent otherwise.

I learned from her to just do the work. However, the odd pacing leads to a movie that is equal parts slow and far too quick in its story beats. She's very close with her dad, a world-renowned physicist, who disappears mysteriously after discovering tessering, a wrinkling of time and space through which intergalactic travel is possible.

Dr. Murray said he wanted to travel the universe with his mind. The story adaptation, however, which is a science fiction tale of two children crossing the galaxy to rescue their father, was less of a guaranteed hit. I can only picture kids trying to wrap their heads around it, but maybe it's inventive enough to not matter.

Director DuVernay's handling of the earthbound scenes of Meg's life feel just right.

Ultimately - much the way Christopher Nolan's "Inception" was a lot of stuff and nonsense en route to revealing the identity of a surrogate Rosebud - DuVernay's "Wrinkle in Time" is a similarly boring, drawn-out exercise in order to conclude (metaphorically) with a Beatles song.