The drawback to this is that they come so quickly and consume so much of the story's oxygen that it's hard to focus on the core mechanics of the plot, which largely feel something like: Meg doubts herself, the ladies tell her to believe in herself and love herself, they go somewhere unusual, repeat. The writer's use of language itself is a part of the magic. The composition and staging of this scene tells us all we need to know and there should have been more sections like that one. The best books for adaptations are tightly edited page turners with strong stories.
Still, with its bright color palette, appealing lead players and moments of comic relief - Zach Galifinakis shows up to play a rather anxious Happy Medium - "A Wrinkle in Time" is often attractive to watch. Box Office Mojo has A Wrinkle in Time tracking for somewhere between $40 and $45 million.
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Ava DuVernay didn't pick up a camera until the age of 32. To watch "A Wrinkle In Time" is to be hurled headlong into a candy-colored, bright, bold cluster of images and macro-sized metaphors. Meg and her mother are alarmed to learn that little Charles Wallace has made friends with Mrs. Whatsit and two other women, Mrs. If it doesn't always work, well, at least DuVernay went for it, and her version of "A Wrinkle in Time" is just as gorgeous and odd as can be expected.
Like any kids' movie, the film's success hinges largely on the abilities of its child stars.
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DuVernay's casting instincts are good. Witherspoon's Mrs. Whatsit flings sharp insults with a smile, like a magical grown-up version of Election's Tracy Flick, and Mrs. Who (Kaling) are more extravagantly dressed guardian angels than teachers, and Meg's hero's journey is far less compelling than in the original book. Which (Oprah Winfrey), proto-Time Lord, alien/angel hybrids who travel the cosmos by folding space with their minds, are all spot in. Living in her cozy Compton home with her scientist mother, Kate (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), and 5-year-old brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), Meg isn't almost as comfortable at school, where she's chronically bullied by the resident mean girls. Her father, a Nasa scientist whose time-travel discovery has left him lost in another world, is played by Chris Pine. She set the film in Compton, with a biracial heroine and a widely diverse cast and it is that more than anything else that makes the film feel like it takes place in our current time. L'Engle's prose is masterfully compact and often lyrical. Reid isn't helped by her young co-stars.
However, following the ridicule and scorn of the scientific community when they present their findings, Alex takes matters into his own hands to actually test the calculations and ends up tessering across the universe in a split second of time. She was a devout Christian with the education to understand cutting edge science; one way to look at A Wrinkle In Time is as her attempt to reconcile the revelations of cosmology and quantum mechanics with old fashioned American transcendentalism.
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All that being said, there's no doubt that kids will love this movie. Her descriptions of the rolling, otherworldly fields of the planet Uriel are rewards themselves. The CGI design of the fading and distortion of the characters going between dimensions was very interesting. The root of her vision of evil is the false happiness of enforced conformity, and that's not a can of worms the capitalist Disney corporation wants to open. And I believed it was what she did for me, that character.