A Wrinkle in Time Review


Will Sieracki, Reporter

     Reviewing this movie is especially frustrating, considering how excited I was for its release. Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is directed by critically acclaimed director Ava DuVernay (Selma) and stars newcomer Storm Reid with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine in supporting roles.  Based on the cast and the pedigree in the director’s chair, one would think A Wrinkle in Time would receive wonderful reviews and make Disney lots of money, right? Well, the reality is that the movie is pretty below average and it isn’t making nearly as much of a profit as Disney probably expected. The movie made $33.3 million in its opening weekend, well behind Black Panther ($41.1 million). The difference is even larger when you consider that  Black Panther is in its fourth weekend.


     The movie is based off a popular children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle, and the story, in case you haven’t read the novel, surrounds Meg Murry’s journey to find her long lost father with help from her little brother Charles, classmate Calvin, and three supernatural beings known as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who. With hindsight, I guess this movie was dead on arrival due to its ridiculous plot and the amount of marketing it was getting leading up to its release, which wasn’t much.


     A Wrinkle in Time has beautiful visuals, it’s one of the more visually pleasing movies that will be released this year. But the rest of the movie is quite shallow. The movie jumps from world to world to world in search of the main character’s dad and it seems to me like Disney thought that if the movie was successful enough, they could incorporate one of the worlds into one of their many amusement parks. But that isn’t the worst element of this movie. The acting was also very disappointing, Reese Witherspoon’s performance notwithstanding. Mindy Kaling and Oprah were huge letdowns, especially considering Winfrey has proven to be a very good actor in some of her previous work. Deric McCabe, the actor that played Charles, was so bad that he stood out in all of his scenes. He was boring and wooden and that’s tolerable if he wasn’t ever put in focus. But the problem is that he was. For a good portion of the movie. And actor Levi Miller as Calvin wasn’t impressive either, but Calvin was also insignificant to the point where the writers could’ve just written him out and the story would be no worse for the wear.

     Overall, A Wrinkle in Time simply isn’t a good movie. It’s another live-action misfire for Disney, following the path set by films like John Carter and Tomorrowland. This was Ava DuVernay’s second feature length film, and it brings her career arc hurtling back to the norm following the major success of Selma. The difference between Wrinkle in Time and Selma was the budget. After this, maybe DuVernay should get back to what she’s good at; small budget character films.