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'A Wrinkle in Time' showcases magical visuals, but not much more

'A Wrinkle in Time' showcases magical visuals, but not much more

A Wrinkle in Time might be the movie that finally topples Black Panther at the box office, but that didn't stop Ryan Coogler from showing love to its director, Ava DuVernay.

The context is important here: Madeleine L'Engle's beloved Newberry Medal-winning YA novel, "A Wrinkle in Time", has been a staple for generations of pre-teens, who have embraced its science-influenced adventures and taken its Christianity-infused (but in no way proselytizing) moral lessons to heart. Better to let it live in imaginations than present a watered-down (or far too complicated) version on screen. This was cause for mass celebration: Disney is the world leader in creating immersive alternate worlds, and DuVernay, coming off the Oscar-nominated "Selma", was rightly considered a vital voice as well as an expert filmmaker. When contacted by a trio of supernaturally powerful beings (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling), Meg takes her little brother and a new friend off on an adventure to find her father that traverses the universe.

Because American audiences see whiteness as the default, even when a character's race is not mentioned on paper, these announcements were rightly greeted as major progress.

Reid is a new star who shines bright in every scene. Read the book...skip the movie.

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Which is what makes this such a complicated review to write.

"A Wrinkle in Time" is the fantastical story of middle school student Meg Murry. DuVernay said she fell in love with the young actors she chose for lead roles in the movie. Faring much better is Zach Galifanakis as The Happy Medium, the oracle the children consult on their search for their missing father, who is played by the ever versatile Chris Pine. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit.

DuVernay shoots for the stars with a highly stylized look and energy to the film that's both visionary and referential. There, she was impatient and impulsive, and has to learn maturity. (We see it work its evil on Meg's younger brother, played by Deric McCabe, which might disturb very little kids.) But there's so much here that's worthwhile, from its central figure - a brilliant girl of color - to its idea that our flaws actually give us strength. That wouldn't fly today, understandably. And in this quirky intellectual family, he also finds the freedom to be something more than the jock who is mostly valued for his height and ability to get a ball through a hoop. This will make you feel relieved by reestablishing your positivism. Hey, it felt like a possibility, given how truly freaky and confusing the plot gets.

"She was so kind about the script and what she loved about it". Saying the film doesn't have to go deep because it's for kids is a cop out. It doesn't talk down to its audience, nor does it patronize them like a preacher sermonizing to the choir; A Wrinkle in Time is special because it walks the fine line of being targeted for children and acknowledging adults as a periphery demographic while embracing serious themes without hiding any of its messaging beyond the comprehension of younger readers.


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