A spec­tac­u­lar film wor­thy of your Time

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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.

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