Directed by Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle in Time is a visually stunning film about a young girl named Meg (played by Storm Reid), who embarks on a journey to find her father (Chris Pine) who disappeared over four years ago by traveling through time and multiple universes. Guided by three celestial women and accompanied by her brother Charles Wallace and friend Calvin, Meg must overcome her self-doubt and fear to rescue her father from the “darkness”.
A Wrinkle in Time is a science fiction/fantasy novel written in the 60s. I am not really into science fiction or fantasy so the plot and storyline kinda went over my head. Like, even though it was scientifically explained how her father traveled through time and through multiple universes it just seemed like a bunch of hocus pocus stuff that I didn’t quite get. However, I did pick up on the fact that in order to travel through time and space, one had to find the right frequency to do so. Without having read the book I could tell that the movie lacked some critical components about the characters and the storyline that the movie failed to reveal. The film seemed rushed, which did not really allow for much characterization or suspense that I am sure the book provides in greater detail.
But overall, I think the movie does a good job delivering its central themes. Meg is insecure and unsure of herself but she’s smart. She is advised to accept and embrace her faults and believe in herself in order to make it through. I love the fact that she uses science and physics to help navigate some of the challenges she faces on the different planets. Before embarking upon her journey, Ms. Which (Oprah’s celestial being) told Meg that in order to get through the perilous journey, she must “find the right frequency and have faith in who you are.” Love turned out to be the right frequency. Love will always drive out the dark and we must continue to be willing to fight the darkness daily. Love and faith in oneself and others will always serve you well in your journey.
Storm is super talented and did an awesome job. As well as the little Deric McCabe who played Charles Wallace. As I mentioned, the movie was visually and beautifully shot. I think this movie does well in giving you positive feels like all Disney movies. I suggest you take your children, or if you’re a child at heart, to go see the film. After all you’ll be supporting a Black filmmaker.