“After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.”
Ever since Selma, people have been waiting for the big screen follow up from Ava DuVernay. She was a long time rumoured director for what was then the upcoming Black Panther movie, which she eventually left before settling at what that next project would be, A Wrinkle in Time. On paper their is a lot of talent behind the creation and implementation of this movie, from many people who’ve proven they can create content at the highest level, but, this movie is not one of those things. In truth, this movie isn’t good at all really. There are two things that I would consider being redeemable factors here, but they can’t save the movie as a whole. We’ll start with those, and one of the brightest lights in this movie is Storm Reid who plays the lead here. Her portrayal of the character is really layered and nuanced, and she ads a lot of heart and feeling to her performance (which I certainly can’t say for any of the other cast of that age here). The second thing is that there are some really nice, meaningful and important messages and lessons weaved throughout this movie, and maybe for some people, those alone are worth seeing this movie for, but I have a really hard time recommending anyone pay to see this movie. And that leads us to the bad. Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are great actors, and when they’re in the movie, they are really solid, but they aren’t in it much, so they can’t really help the generally poor acting that’s throughout this movie. Oprah, Reese and Mindy all, and I mean all come off as bad characters from a low budget made for TV movie, and not what this movie is supposed to be. Their acting aside, their costuming is terrible, on all sides, it came across as cheap, rushed and amateurish. That also bleeds over into the visuals of this movie on a whole. The effects looks fine I guess, but they also come across as made for TV and uninspired, which was really disappointing. This movie also feels really strangely directed. It goes at a bit of a break neck speed, but I feel like there is so much of this movie that was left on the cutting room floor to make its hour and forty some odd minute run time, but it was really to the detriment of the film. It makes a lot of this movie come across as things happening just to happen, and not for any particular reason. I KNOW Ava Duvernay can do much better than this, so I dont blame her really for it, but I would really love to know what caused this movie to go in such a weird direction. All in all, if you have younger children, and they have either read the book or you think they will do well with the life lessons on hand here, I’d suggest just waiting till its on streaming or something like that, its not worth the cinema money.
Review Score : 4 out of 10