Surprisingly pleasant, and invitingly adventurous.
A Wrinkle In Time opened nationwide this weekend, and after my first view, I would have to say that I was delightfully charmed. The Rotten Tomatoes score that it unfortunately has does not do this film justice.
I walked in expecting to see something cheesy made from the milk of a potential cash cow. They did, after all, go after some of the biggest names in Hollywood for the most trivial (this could be debated) parts. But as the movie found its way to its core, I found myself invested and along for the ride of director, Ava DuVernay’s adventure.
I’ll begin by saying that the performance put on by up and coming actress Storm Reid as Meg Murry was refreshingly appealing. I went in with every intention of critiquing her acting, but I quickly found that her talent graciously rose to the occasion.
Apart from Reid’s performance, I was also pleasantly intrigued by the soundtrack that followed the film. Seemingly Pop, but perfectly fitting. Next, the visuals, as well as the angles in which the film was shot were also great in drawing audiences into the story.
My complaints with the film rest in the fact that The “Mrs” of the film (Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, & Mrs. Witch) may have been…over-cast. I wonder how much better the story would have been had they focused on brining in strong and lesser known actresses in to play these roles instead of name brands (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, & Mindy Kailing). They added nothing for me. If anything, I feel as if Disney missed the mark in not casting Mindy Kailing as Mrs. Whatsit, the seemingly outspoken and corky one of the Mrs trio.
I’ll probably be seeing this again. I thought Ava DuVernay’s directing was done well, but I would definitely want to get another look.
My score: 8/10