A Wrinkle in Time” first burst onto the world of pop entertainment in a 1962 novel, and later in a 2003 television movie. 2018 brings the story to theaters in a special effects laden film featuring an all star cast, including Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Pena, Chris Pine, and Zach Galifianakis. The story follows a teen-age girl named Meg (Strom Reid), who sets off on an adventure with three astral travelers to find her missing father, Dr. Alex Murry (Pine), a brilliant scientist who has been missing after he discovered a new planet. Murry is an expert at Astrophysics and both Meg and her mom Kate (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) feel he may have been teleported to another world. After her father’s disappearance, Meg is bullied at her school and not only has to suffer due to missing her father, but with her tormentors as well. Often coming to her rescue is her younger adopted brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who is brilliant in his own right. One night at the families home, Charles Wallace brings a mysterious neighbor, Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon) into their home.
Mrs. Whatsit reveals she knows a way to help the kids find their father. The kids and Mrs. Whatsit are joined in the quest by Mrs. Which (Winfrey) and Mrs. Who (Kaling), the other two astral travelers who help the kids travel to the planet Uriel via a reality ripple. Meg’s father is being held by a malevolent robot-alien hybrid called “IT” because of his experiments. IT is ever expanding, and brings and is bringing darkness to all the universe. The astral ladies convince Meg, with some help from The Happy Medium (Galifianakis), that she, her brother, and their friend Calvin (Levi Miller), must be warriors in order to fight the IT in order to keep the darkness from spreading. Eventually Meg and company find Dr. Murry, who is being held in a set straight off the set of any “Star Trek” film, but not before a shocking twist involving Charles Wallace. If all the aforementioned sounds a bit overwhelming, it can be, and if you have never read the novel, I recommend going with the flow of the story-line. The special effects and the colorful costumes of the leading ladies will certainly distract you from any confusion you may experience during the story. All the actors involved appear to be having a blast in their roles, and I have no doubt it was fun for the leading ladies to enjoy eccentric costumes.
As Meg, Reid is an inspiring heroine, and proves heroes come in all shapes, sizes, sexes and colors. Pine was also excellent in a role providing him the chance to be a fatherly figure who regrets most of his decisions in life. To me the main theme of the story was love and how important it is to appreciate and love those around you. While “A Wrinkle in Time” is best described as eccentric eye candy, the film has a simple message, and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Rated PG / 3 Stars (out of 4)