A Wrin­kle in Time is vis­ually spec­tac­u­lar

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

IF I had paid more at­ten­tion in sci­ence class I could make some in­sight­ful anal­ogy about the con­nec­tive tis­sue of the uni­verse (Atoms? Cells? Uni­corn dust?) and how A Wrin­kle in Time could’ve been a great movie if only it had more of it.

As it is, the big-bud­get Dis­ney flick, star­ring Oprah Win­frey, Reese Wither­spoon and Chris Pine, un­evenly am­bles along with a nice mes­sage about fam­i­lies, love and self-ac­cep­tance, sprin­kled with some vis­ually spec­tac­u­lar se­quences.

How­ever, is ul­ti­mately un­sat­is­fy­ing for any­one over 15 years old.

The thing to note about A Wrin­kle in Time is that it is very much a chil­dren’s film, not just geared to­wards kids but de­liv­ered in such an earnest way that adult au­di­ences will find its to­tal lack of cyn­i­cism jar­ring and un­re­al­is­tic.

Based on Madeleine L’En­gle’s pop­u­lar 1962 chil­dren’s novel, the fan­tas­ti­cal film has been hyped up as a sig­nif­i­cant work thanks to the

$100 mil­lion bud­get given to an African-Amer­i­can fe­male di­rec­tor, Ava Du­Ver­nay (Selma, 13th), with an African-Amer­i­can fe­male, Storm Reid lead­ing a di­verse main cast.

A Wrin­kle in Time isa sen­si­ble movie to take a kid to be­cause it does have those all-im­por­tant mes­sages about be­liev­ing in your­self, wrapped in an easy to di­gest bat­tle be­tween good and evil – and you can’t ar­gue against its ref­er­ences to Maya An­gelou, Nel­son Man­dela and Gandhi.

But any­one older may grate against its mainly heavy-handed ap­proach.

A Wrin­kle in Time is now show­ing at Bowen’s Sum­mer­gar­den Cin­ema.

PHOTO: ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA

VIS­UAL FEAST: Mindy Ka­line in a scene from the movie A Wrin­kle in Time. Sup­plied by Dis­ney.

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