Wednesday, March 14, 2018

'A Wrinkle in Time' Brims with Colors, Creatures and Lessons

Ava DuVernay, visionary director of Selma and 13th adapts Madeleine L'Engle's classic 'A Wrinkle in Time'. It's a colorful adventure that transports viewers across different dimensions, good and bad.

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) along with her family, is struggling to move on after her father Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) vanished while doing his experiment in discovering other dimensions. One day, her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) introduced otherworldly creatures to bring news about their father's whereabouts. Twist? He's lightyears away from Earth.

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures
A Wrinkle in Time brims with spectacular colors, mythical personalities and moral lessons. An out-of-this-world visual feast, 'youngings' (and young-at-heart) would certainly enjoy the variety of colors displayed in DuVernay's dimensions. The otherworldly creatures bring the wisdom and most definitely the fun needed in this film. Oprah's 'Mrs. Which', Reese Witherspoon's 'Mrs. Whatsit' and Mindy Kaling's 'Mrs. Who' are definitely the MVPs of this children's film. Oprah is even more regal than her real life persona, Witherspoon delivers the wits and snarks as she reminds the viewers of other Helena Bonham-Carter's character portrayals, and Mindy Kaling is as pleasant as ever.  The film would suffer without them as the leads are not the most exciting element of the film. Save for Deric McCabe who's a promising young actor whose character is so complex, we don't often see it being portrayed by kids.

I'm afraid this movie adaptation wouldn't be as timeless as the novel. There are certain plot holes, and DuVernay's vision doesn't mesh well with the usual Disney tropes. Brighter side is, it definitely carries the good message and the emotional pulse it wants to evoke.