A Wrinkle in Time has finally been made into a feature film and fans of the original L’Engle story, written over 50 years ago, really can’t even take it.
For those who have been anticipating the movie’s release for, um, say all 50 of those years, I can understand how Ava DuVernay’s version may not meet your expectations –it’s always hard to bring beloved books like this one to life in a way that will please all fans.
For people like myself, who read A Wrinkle in Time in 5th grade, enjoyed it enough, but never went back to it, the film is exactly the right type of entertainment for a family outing. You and the kids can enjoy this feature film together without cringing over the language or violence, or wanting to gauge your eardrums out to escape the corniness of it. A Wrinkle in Time is for sure a movie created with young audiences in mind, but appreciates the fact that those young people will be accompanied by parents, many of whom have at some point in life encountered the book.
I found it to be the perfect balance of beautiful imagery, engaging story line, delightful characters, and good old fashion adventure.
There were parts when I felt like the story moved a little slow for my tastes, but I am also a person who can’t enter a dark room and sit down without falling asleep, so don’t listen to me in that regard.
The more appropriate critic, my 10 year old, thought A Wrinkle in Time was a good movie (his words: “I think I’m going to read the book now, I bet it’s good.”) and, since he is really the target audience for this whole adventure, I feel like Disney gets a win here for sure.
If you’re planning to check out A Wrinkle in Time, let me give you an idea of what that experience will be like for you as a mom.
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Yes, I loved this story as a kid, I’m so excited to share it with mine!
Although you always have that fear that it’s going to get messed, up right? Because the book was just so, so much, and like how can they possibly bring it all to the screen for us?
They can’t, you know, not really. But, they did a pretty good job anyway -no messing it up to worry about!
But wait, it’s so different!
It’s actually not that different. The plot is the same: Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin, meet the Mrs. W’s who help them wrinkle time, or tesser (basically time travel) to the place and time in the universe they need to be in order to find Meg and Charles Wallace’s missing father. They have a big adventure, sometimes it is fun, other times it is downright scary. And, in the end, they find dear old dad, tesser back to their own time and space, and live happily ever after (we imagine).
Of course they take some creative liberties throughout because that’s just how movies made from books do. For example, Sandy and Dennys, Meg’s younger twin siblings are totally MIA. And, while the Mrs. W’s are presented as quirky beings in the book, I don’t recall any of them turning into a flying cabbage bird thing as happens in the film. I mean, it’s cool, but different.
There are several other idiosyncrasies and character twists that were in the book and not the movie, and vice versa. But, to be honest, I read the book so long ago that I can’t remember everything. If you really need to know, this post does a good job summing things up.
Somebody punish that child.
Veronica, resident bully, is one of those children that is going to just get under your skin with her snotty attitude and her mean words. It’s hard to watch her mistreat Meg, because unlike ugly-hearted Veronica, Meg is sweet and vulnerable. And you will want to jump up and high five her when she finally gives Veronica what she deserves. I know, I know, two wrongs don’t make a right, but I felt pretty right about what my girl Meg did when Veronica tried to come for her father.
This film is beautiful.
Like, my eyes can’t even take all of the vibrancy right now. And I love it!
And, Oprah’s eyebrows are the perfect example!
They are sparkly and everything. Well, everything Mindy Kaling’s costumes aren’t anyway. There was just so much to love about the Mrs. W’s that I can’t even spell it all out to you. Mrs. Which (Oprah) with her sage advice. Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) with her quotes (she speaks only in quotes in the movie). And Mrs. Whatsit with her sense of humor and epic hair. I can’t say they were my favorite characters (although Reese is a very close second), but their parts were certainly my favorite to watch.
I love Meg!
And, I want Meg to love Meg too. Because when the film starts, Meg doesn’t seem to love Meg at all (and you can hardly blame her after seeing what she endures at school). If only I could hug her and tell her exactly how super smart, courageous, and kind she truly is. And her hair! Her hair, in all of its natural glory, is perfection for us curly girls to see on screen.
I probably still can’t describe what a Tesser is.
Maybe I can figure it out while I nap.
The small sleep break I took in the dead center of the film may or may not be the reason tessering remains elusive to me. I’m inclined to say it had zero impact (the movie was slow in parts, I didn’t miss much). Time travel has historically been confusing to me. And, anytime someone brings up the space/time continuum as a thing they intend to discuss with me, I roll out. My brain is too exhausted from mom life to figure universe level phenomenons.
Basically, though, tessering is the word they use for wrinkling time. And wrinkling time is their version of time travel. You don’t have to totally get it to get it.
Charles Wallace is adorable.
Meg’s adopted, 6 year old brother plays a major role in her adventure. He could totally beat me at Jeopardy and he has the cutest little glasses. I want to hug his face.
And suuuuper creepy.
The part where he’s basically taken over by evil towards the end was not exorcist creepy, but creepy enough. Something about his adorable face being forced to evil laugh and spew nastiness towards Meg and his father just made it super weird.
Hooray for happy endings!
Because we get one, and it’s as sweet as you’d expect it to be.
I’ve reached a point in my movie watching life where happy endings are the only kind of endings I can truly enjoy. There’s enough real life sadness in the world, that I like my movies to be an escape from that.
A Wrinkle in Time is definitely an escape worth enjoying for an hour and half with your kids.