Her journey to self acceptance is an inspiration we all know they need today. That's even a little too simple for my feelings on this particular movie.
Meg is the smart, awkward, kind of grumpy teenager at the center of "A Wrinkle in Time". But four years ago, their father (Chris Pine) disappeared mysteriously. With attractive visuals, this film hopes to draw audiences in and open them to the idea of what could be possible while offering the usual moral fare we have come to expect from a Disney film. Uriel, the first planet they visit, is standard M-class fare that looks a lot like the Reach in Halo (only with talking flowers instead of the Covenant). Meg is bullied; Charles Wallace hears teachers gossip about their father; the principal gives Meg a lecture.
On the other hand, it's hard to get a true sense of Kaling, Winfrey, and Witherspoon's performances in A Wrinkle in Time because they bear the brunt of the script and dialogue issues. Teachers speculate about Mr. Murray's secret family. Addressing themes of self-doubt and not conforming to others' ideals, Reid presents a hero many young girls will probably see themselves in. Now, of course Meg is in trouble, but her biggest problem isn't the consequences of her actions. Who (Mindy Kaling; The Office), inform Meg, Charles Harris and Meg's friend Calvin (Levi Miller) that the tesseract, a phenomenon explained as folding space and time in order to travel through dimensions, really does exist and that Meg and Charles Wallace's father (Chris Pine; Star Trek) is trapped in one of the dimensions.
It's refreshing to see a young girl lead and a predominantly female cast made up of many different ethnicities, making this a magical movie with an uplifting message.
Okay, so Meg meets a boy named Calvin (who unfortunately does not have his own McDonald's).
Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Ashley Graham attend as O, The Oprah Magazine hosts special NYC screening of "A Wrinkle In Time" at Walter Reade Theater at Walter Reade Theater on March 7, 2018 in New York City.
"A Wrinkle in Time opens in theaters Friday
Sorry to say, it's just not enough that Oprah Winfrey is in it. The only real difference is she is wearing a wig straight out of an anime series. I've never read the novel, but I have no trouble believing that it carries an emotional and dramatic resonance that the film version is sadly lacking. "A Wrinkle In Time" might well lend itself to sequels, but for now, there's nothing teasing you to tune in for another movie.
Let's start by rattling off the problems.
"Miss Oprah told me those people are not right", Reid says. Indeed, they help present a "pleasing" adventure that stands "as a clarion call for young people rising up against the forces of cynicism, corruption and wanton cruelty".
DuVernay saw Reid very early on in the casting process and said every girl after had to measure up to her.
The fantasy-adventure took in a somewhat muted $1.3 million in Thursday-evening previews for a projected debut in the $35 million-$40 million range, provided poor reviews don't ding the latest event film from Disney. "Ava's going to help me". However, rather than using tangible methods and metaphors, A Wrinkle in Time attributes negativity to an evil cloud.
There' still a chance you'll have a good time with the movie - after all, critics don't always speak for wider audiences, and their reviews shouldn't be taken as law.