After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.
A Wrinkle in Time is based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle and it tries to reach into the YA, Childrens genre of fantastical story telling. However even with a strong performance by the lead Storm Reid (12 Years a Slave, Sleight) Wrinkle ends up becoming a convoluted mess of cliche’s that don’t add up to anything. Chris Pine seems miscasts as the children’s father and even though he gives a solid performance there is one scene toward the end of the movie where he has to make a life or death choice, and the choice he makes is so ludicrous that I wanted to get up and walk out of the theater.
Wrinkle is shot beautifully and rendered as well as any picture you will see this year. However never did any of these beautiful places seem real or lifelike because of a continuation of ridiculous choices the story asks you to believe. In short save your money and go see something else.
L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time is one of the most often banned books in our country. Usually it is from a conservative Christian group that views the book as being demonic or blasphemous because it infers that Jesus Christ was just one of many great lights in our history. That being said the overall themes of the book and movie are about love and our connection to one another which actually are strong Christian values.
A word of warning to parents. This movie though marketed to a younger audience has some intense scenes towards the end. In the screening that I attended there was a family that got up and removed there two young children.
2 out of 5 stars.