Wrinkle In Time in theaters today
By Devon Birockzy
Dazzling. Vivid. Meaningful. All great words to describe Disney’s new movie A Wrinkle in Time. I had the opportunity to see a premiere of this incredible movie a couple of weeks ago, along with interviewing the cast and creators, and this is seriously the kind of movie everybody needs to go see; girls, boys, kids, and those adults that are still kids at heart. This movie comes out in theaters everywhere today, March 9th, so be sure to check it out soon
Based on the 1962 book by Madeleine L'Engle, also named A Wrinkle in Time, this movie follows a young girl named Meg Murry (played by Storm Reid) as she finds out that her astrophysicist father, Dr. Alex Murry (played by Chris Pine) has been trapped on a distant planet across the galaxy for the past four years.
Meg struggles through school, where at one point, she was considered a “perfect” student; great grades, assignments always on time, never having any issues in general. All of this changes when the popular “mean girl” in school, Veronica (Rowan Blanchard), has begun bullying her and her brother. Meg’s principal brings her aside after an incident in the courtyard and seemingly has no understanding for what is really going on, nor does her scientist mother, Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).
Three celestial guides by the names of Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) come into the picture when Meg’s younger yet highly intelligent brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) is found talking to the sassy Mrs. Whatsit in the Murry home.
From there, Charles Wallace convinces Meg and her new friend Calvin (Levi Miller) to enter an abandoned house against Meg’s first wishes. They do so anyways, where Charles Wallace then introduces the two to Mrs. Who, a strange woman in bright clothing who has surrounded herself with books in every direction, and also speaks in quotes from other people.
Finally, we meet Mrs. Which, a sparkling, all-knowing diva who has knowledge about Dr. Alex Murry, and reaches out to Charles Wallace to help save him. Meg is convinced to come along and help, along with Calvin, and from there, the group is off on their journey to save Dr. Alex Murry from the “It,” an evil mass that breeds darkness throughout the world.
This movie definitely does the original book some great justice in the way they brought it all to life. Not only do the creators have an amazing way of telling their story with bright colors and gorgeous visuals, but the casting of this movie in absolutely on point. The cast is diverse in so many ways and it completely pays off.
The entire movie demonstrates the meanings of love overcoming all and self-acceptance, both extremely important things for everybody to be seeing in today’s society. Meg is a seemingly relatable person, incredibly smart and even a bit nerdy, but with a low self-esteem that brings her down. Throughout the movie, we see Meg growing to not only become more confident in who she is as a person, but also who she strives to be, and learning to have a more open mind as she travels through the universe, having to come up with solutions to problems she has never faced before.
There’s a scene where we meet a quirky hermit (Zach Galifianakis) known as “The Happy Medium,” and each of the characters is made to balance on giant stones in order for him to get a sense of where Dr. Alex Murry could be. We see Meg starting to feel resentful, beginning to doubt and believe that this could all be a lost cause. Everybody helps her to see what the big picture is and what all is on the line, and you can see her character begin to develop in the way that her confidence is slowly building.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with this movie for a number of reasons - A beautiful, distinct cast; a growing character development throughout the film; and important meanings that are reiterated throughout the movie to remind you of what’s really important. I would definitely say this is a movie you can bring your whole family to, and do it soon! A Wrinkle in Time comes out in theaters everywhere as of today, March 9th. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below!