A spectacular film worthy of your Time
does take a surprisingly grim turn.
I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen a fantasy or sci-fi film before that doesn’t feature a single fight scene, or even anything that could be called a weapon. The conflicts in this film – and L’Engle’s book – are resolved by intelligence, understanding and working together. Even the evil darkness can be sent back to where it came from by people who just choose to do good despite evil’s existence.
A Wrinkle in Time isn’t a perfect film, and it will alienate as many people as it entrances. But count me happily in the latter. There is a commitment to the story and the characters here that is palpable. The people and their relationships aren’t merely devices to justify the set-pieces, they are the actual reason the film exists.
And any film in which all the best decisions are made by women, three of whom can get around space and time just by thinking about it, and one of whom speaks only in classical poetry, is frankly a little overdue when women in most mainstream sci-fi until very recently didn’t get to do much at all but sit in the background making admiring noises while the boys played with their toys. But A Wrinkle in Time isn’t just an exercise in doing the right thing. It’s a smart, funny, spectacular and deftly done film.
– Graeme Tuckett
A Wrinkle in Time, which features Storm Reid in the role of Meg, is a smart, funny and deftly done movie.