A Wrinkle in Time

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Swanner: A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg (Storm Red), your average middle schooler trying to fit in. Her father (Chris Pine) disappeared years before and that has become the butt of all jokes at her school. Kids are horrible to each other. Meg’s brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), calls upon three celestial guides (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling) to help find their father and bring him home.  Ava DuVernay (Selma) directs this adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle beloved novel, screenplay by Jennifer Lee (Frozen) and Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia)

The one big problem with the film is that it’s made for the young at heart. Not just children but those adults that can still see through the innocent eyes of a child. I remember when I realized I was starting to lose that innocence when I was watching The Neverending Story years ago. Seeing Bastian flying on his dragon at the end of the film I thought how silly, even though others my age loved the film. It was years later that I realized I could reverse my grown up ways and still see things like my younger self did.

This is really a sweet and wonderful fairy tale for our time. I will give out a warning to those who have lost themselves in the reality of this world…don’t see this film. It’s not meant for you. If you’re no longer thrilled as Charlie Bucket opens his Wonka bar to reveal that golden ticket or when Dorothy Gale realizes she’s not in Kansas anymore…stay home. The joy of this film is wasted on you; but if you still hold your breath as Arthur delivers Gwen’s bike just in time for Christmas, or laugh with the Sanderson sisters every Halloween, then give A Wrinkle in Time a chance.

Swanner: 3 stars

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