A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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A Wrinkle in Time

I still don’t know why I watched this film this weekend but I as a self professed lover of film needed to keep judgment out while watching this film. It was hard having an open mind because the trailers looked….well…. bad. I was hoping for something smart and entertaining at least. While the film isn’t as bad as I thought it was there’s plenty of problems that ruin the film and outweigh some of the positives. I think young children will enjoy this because they won’t pay attention to its flaws.

The film is about a girl named Meg and her quest to find her astrophysicist father who disappeared 4 years prior. She soon realizes that reality is not what it seems and her father is being held captive on a foreign planet by an evil force named The It which attempts to engulf the universe. The film is noticeable for its diversity in cast and story and for being the first 9 figure budget picture directed by a woman of color. While I ca appreciate that aspect of the background of the film and the ambitious effort by Ava DuVernay, the film is still a mess.

Some of the positives. The film definitely means well and the younger crowd should be impressed by the visuals and adventurous themes. Some of the passages of the journey of the film are also cool. Now the bad, the child actors really aren’t good. Especially the younger brother. I can’t really blame them because they are kids, but it was distracting. There is lots of CGI, some parts look great and others the effects are very noticeable. There’s also storytelling flaws. Things aren’t explained well and we are meant to just accept thing as “oh yeah science”. It gets frustrating when inexplicable things happen for the sake of it.

I must admit the film is nowhere near as bad as I anticipated. Parts of the film are interesting. Most however is hard to connect with and get emotionally involved in. I’m sure there are people out there whoa re perfectly satisfied with this judging by the applause it received in the theater from other moviegoers. For me though, its a big budget film that needed to be much more to warrant an impact.

5.5/10

 

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