By Pavel Zlatin – 1851 Staff
An incredibly ambitious project that didn’t live up to viewers’ expectations, “A Wrinkle in Time” is a science-fantasy adventure film, released on March 9, is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel. The movie was directed by Ava DuVernay, known for her 2014 historical drama “Selma,” and written by Jennifer Lee.
The film tells a story of a thirteen-year-old girl named Meg Murry (Storm Reid), whose father, scientist Dr. Alexander Murry (Chris Pine) disappeared four years prior the movie’s events. Along with her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and friend Calvin O’Keefe (Leci Miller), Meg follows three mysterious astral travellers Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) in a desperate attempt to find her father, who had traveled to another dimension.
The first significant thing about the movie is the cast. The movie stars Storm Reid as lead character Meg Murry, Chris Pine as Dr. Alexander Murry and Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium.
Of course, the most remarkable thing about the cast is the actresses who portrayed the three astral travelers. Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, who probably don’t need the introduction, played Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit respectively, and Mindy Kaling, who played the role of Mrs. Who. Basically, “A Wrinkle in Time” owes most of its success to the cast. Casting such big stars as the astral trio couldn’t go unnoticed; their acting was impeccable. However, the child-actors also showed us some great acting.
The story moves incredibly fast, maybe too fast. Even though the film is around two hours long, it was not enough to fully develop the story and the characters, making everything look shallow. Apparently, bidding on cast and visual effects is not always a good move.
Even the great cast and stunning special effects couldn’t save it from disaster. The movie looks like another studio blockbuster with lack of substance and directoral style. Besides being portrayed by great actors, most characters are under developed, especially the three astral travellers. “A Wrinkle in Time” is the first book in L’Engle’s “Time Quintet” so maybe we should hope for a better sequel?