Rounding off a pretty poor week of films for myself (following ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ and ‘Death Wish’) is Walt Disney’s latest. This film is proof that even a juggernaut company are capable of releasing a real dud. Actually, “dud” is putting it kindly. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a complete and utter mess.
The films centres around Meg Murry (Storm Reid) attempting to find her father who vanished four years earlier. Her super smart, younger brother enlists the help of three astral travellers to guide them, and some kid from Meg’s class also decides to join. They all then hop off onto an adventure that lets them travel throughout the universe. How you ask? I couldn’t tell you. While the story begins with some explanation, as the adventure goes on, it becomes harder and harder to work out who can do what and how that thing just happened.
…as the adventure goes on, it becomes harder and harder to work out who can do what and how that thing just happened.
Despite the lack of explanation, I could’ve looked pasted the huge narrative flaws if it was still enjoyable. This, for me, is what was most disappointing as it was a real snooze fest. While Meg was a good lead, none of the other characters left an impression, and those that did weren’t for the better. Reece Witherspoon’s Mrs Whatsit is such a bothersome character. Her “wit”, or whatever she’s attempting, is just infuriating. I’m not quite sure how they made one of Hollywood’s most loved actors such a pain. Speaking of pains, Meg’s younger brother is called Charles Wallace Murry but like to be called Charles Wallace. I’ve never known a name to wind me up so much. Every five minute his name seems to be called, usually in fear of his safety, and within ten minutes it was frustrating. By the end of the film, I’m fairly certain every third line is someone yelling “Charles Wallace!”.
I would love to hear from someone who has read the original novel of this and hear how they thought it was on the big screen. The concept seems really interesting and I imagine the book is a lot better (as is almost always the case). Even hearing the mediocre buzz beforehand, I really wanted to enjoy this film, even if just a little. I didn’t.