May 31, 2018
“It was a dark and stormy night.” ― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
Sometimes films take you on journeys you will never long to forget.
Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure from beginning to end. I think I read the novel by Madeleine L’Engle back in…Elementary school? I’m not sure, but I don’t think I was old enough to really understand the underlying meaning of the story or relate to the main character of Meg.
A Wrinkle in Time centers around the Murry family. Meg and Charles Wallace had lost their father and together with a little help of the universe and their friend Calvin, they set off to find the brilliant scientist and perhaps learn a little about themselves along the way.
Not only is the film beautiful, but the messages it carries are even more so. I could go on and on about how many moments of symbolism there are or which metaphor stood out the most, but then this review would be over six pages. Perhaps more. I’ll keep it brief…sort of. A moment that stuck out for me is when Calvin and Meg are running from the destruction when they are on Camazotz. After realizing they may not outrun the storm behind them, Meg realized that they have to run into the storm rather than from it and I loved that. The way I see it, to get what you want, you need to run head first towards what scares you. Only then will you make it on the other side. I think I could benefit from that lesson. I’ll let you know how that all works out.
This film may be full of epic cinematic moments and quirky characters, but above all else, it is about one simple thing: FAMILY. The bond of family and the love that connects it all is the main theme for this film that is constantly shown through Meg and her Father, her father and her mother, and especially the love between herself and her little brother. We have all seen films or read books where LOVE is the main theme, but A Wrinkle in Time takes it a step further and uses not only the love of your family but the love you have for yourself to bring light to darkness.
Meg’s journey throughout the film is all about self-acceptance. When you meet her at the beginning of the film she is very self-conscious and doesn’t really like herself or understand why Calvin finds her so interesting. She can’t see her true self, which becomes a problem as the plot picks up. The way I see it is this: How can you accept the wonders of the universe if you can’t even accept yourself? Think about that for a moment.
Sidenote: I wish this movie had come out when I was a little girl. Seeing a biracial curly headed kid from a quirky family makes my heart swell. I completely relate to the scene where Meg is dunking her head in the water to fix her hair. We’ve all been there girl! I have very clear memories of shoving my head in the sink before school to try and look somewhat presentable.
I thought the entire cast did an amazing job. With Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey as the “Misses” it added even more magic to the story and it made me feel like a little kid again. Chris Pine as Alexander Murry was great, but no surprise there, I think he’s a brilliant actor. Levi Miller gave so much light and life to Calvin and he was one of my favourites throughout. We all love an Optimist. Deric McCabe? Absolutely adorable and did a fantastic job as Charles Wallace. Then we finally have Storm Reid. This girl is going places. Reid’s performance made me feel like I was a little kid again discovering magic for the first time. Its great when you can find a piece of yourself in a character even when you think you’ve lost it and Storm provides that.
Overall I give this movie 5/5 stars. It’s exciting, touching, beautiful, and overall so full of love. Ava DuVernay directed and created an extraordinary work of art that I think everyone should see. Some may get the underlying tones and messages, some may just enjoy all the colors, but regardless, you will gain something and that is all we can ever ask. Take bits from art and apply them, you never know when somethng may stick.