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