Color, light, and love prevail in Disney’s newest movie
The movie adaption of the classic novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle proves to be an empowering and accurate depiction. Directed by Ava DuVarnay, the movie drives home the importance of embracing faults and encourages diversity.
Meg Murry (Storm Reid) has not been the same since her father (Chris Pine) left mysteriously four years ago. Her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) takes care of her and her younger brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe). As Meg struggles through school and the woes of dealing with bullies and classmates alike, her younger brother makes peculiar friends with three women from a different planet. Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) guide the Murry siblings and friend Calvin (Levi Miller) through the universe.
Even before the movie begins, there is a unique quality. DuVarnay appears right before the opening scene, explaining a bit about the cast and her ideal behind the movie. The world created by a combination of CGI and intricate costuming envelopes viewers in a colorful and engaging haven. Following very closely to the original book plotline, the stage is set for a huge adventure to come.
The main location that is visited is Camazotz, where the IT lives and spread the darkness.
— A Wrinkle In Time (@WrinkleInTime) March 7, 2018
The goal clearly is to entice younger audiences with color, music, and mystical creatures, but it is not all fun and games. There is some violence toward the end of the movie which bumps it from the G rating. Parts when dealing with the main villain, the IT, are unsettling for younger viewers as well. Darker themes spread throughout the plotline should be a warning for parents with younger kids to be aware of. Quite a few loose ends appear as if they are skimmed over, but obviously are covered in more detail in the book, including two younger siblings (in the book) and the quick run-through Meg’s parents’ goals.
Main themes that prevail include the importance of love for family and friends and the quote “Be a warrior.” Bravery is
encouraged for Meg and her companions. A Wrinkle in Time is truly a coming-of-age story filled with the spirit of adventure.
Another emphasis is the importance of spreading light. Light and positivity are main factors throughout the length of the movie and leaves moviegoers with the heartfelt message of spreading love and positivity.
Overall, I recommend watching this movie with younger kids or going in with a sense of childlike wonder and awe. Emersion is a big part of this experience and being completely engaged with the characters makes it feel as if the viewer is on their own adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed DuVarnay’s casting and felt as if I knew how much of herself she poured into the movie. Anyone who enjoyed the original book will fall in love with Disney’s version.
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