A Wrinkle in Time

By Angie Raphael

4 stars

A lot of pressure was heaped onto the shoulders of director Ava DuVernay to come through with this big budget film, which is based on a beloved book. For the most part, she is successful in delivering a film that celebrates diversity, individuality, love and the triumph of good over evil. However, the film is a little too long for children with short attention spans. Based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engel, A Wrinkle in Time has been adapted by screenwriters Jennifer Lee and Jeff Sotckwell. It follows the journey that siblings Meg (Storm Reid) and Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) take with their friend Calvin (Levi Miller) in search of their long lost father Alex Murray (Chris Pine). Unfortunately, the film was marketed poorly, focussing too much attention on the appearances of Oprah Winfrey, Reece Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. While the trio certainly feature in significant roles as the wise whimsical beings Mrs Which, Mrs Whatsit and Mrs Who respectively, they are not the central characters. It is really all about the children, who are all exceptional. Pine is also very good as the enthusiastic scientist and has some great moments with Reid. The film is also a visual feast. The heavy use of CGI may bother some viewers but it does help create the magical world. A Wrinkle in Time stays relatively true to the novel, at least in terms of its positive message and sense of adventure.