My god... Does Ava DuVernay know that you can actually zoom out a camera? I've never seen so many "closeup" face shots in a single movie in my entire life. I'll never be able to get Oprah's giant-sized face out of my mind...
As for the movie itself, It's a bit all over the place. Some parts and themes are very well-done, such as Meg's journey to accept herself, while others are really half-baked (especially the relationships between Meg & Charles Wallace, Meg & Calvin, etc). Too many things just get thrown together or just suddenly happen by sheer "coincidence" without a solid lead-in or development. This could have definitely used some additional scenes and runtime to flesh characters and their relationships between each other out a bit more. Reese Witherspoon's character is actually my favorite of the 3 "Mrs."'s. Oprah and Mindy Kaling's characters definitely did not hit home.
Visuals were pretty stunning for the most part, but sometimes went a bit too overboard. Don't even get me started again on the cinematography and editing... This movie definitely had potential and I was excited to watch it, but it just misses out on some major points. It was enjoyable overall for the visual fest and seeing the world of A Wrinkle in Time, but other than that it is just an average film. I'd temper my expectations for sure. 5/10 as it is just an average movie...
Apparently this is just the third $100+ million budget movie directed by a woman. I'm not sure that Ava DuVernay's movie is going to help buck that trend...
This is movie is pretty much an excuse for Oprah to be bigger than everyone else in the film.
The casting director on this should be shot. All performances felt so, very, incredibly fake. The only believable character was played by Chris Pine. EVERYONE else we come across is just awful. It could be the writing, the directing, etc, but the actors seem to be at fault here. It seemed so important to them to have a diversified racial palate of actors, that maybe they were just looking for a race, as opposed to an actual performance. I am not being racist, just look at the film and you will see what I mean.
The visuals were ok, but clearly very CGI. They didn't even try to get the lighting right on many parts, and that disgusts me for what this movie (original story from the book) could have been.
There is no development. You are thrown into these weird, unexplained characters, with a moody, but yet expressionless character (Meg). Then all of a sudden, they are on another planet, with some random dude joining them (Calvin), then suddenly the mothers (whatever the shit you call the big 3) disappear. Like. Why are they even in the movie? Idk.
I want my time back.
Surreal, psychedelic nonsense that somehow takes an interesting idea, game cast, and state of the art effects to make a tedious, dull bowel movement of a film. Now that's talent. If you thought Dark Tower was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. 2/10
This was remarkably generic and wooden, especially considering the big names in the cast.
Oscar-nominated Oprah Winfrey is the worst here, which actually says a lot since [A] three of the other actors are younger than 15, and [B] Zach Galifianakis also provides a cameo. I'm just kidding; Zach Galifianakis isn't horrible. Or at least he's not as bad as Michael Peña. Oprah's line-readings land as if they were carefully elucidated from a grade ten drama-class stage. I can think of ten actresses off the top of my head who could have knocked this role out of the park, but Oprah decides to bunt, and stays on first base the whole time. If you'd seen Oprah recently in 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks', you'd already know that she hasn't exactly been keeping her acting chops tenderized and marinated.
Reese Witherspoon gets to act wry and quirky for a bit, which is fine I guess, but Mindy Kaling does little more than spout quotes and provide a collection of reaction shots for the guys in editing to choose from. It's like these characters are just here to give Hair & Wardrobe (and Visual Effects) something to do. Chris Pine is Chris Pine playing Chris Pine, and he does little here besides be his Chris Pine self. The kids were mostly okay, apart from Deric McCabe being a creepily charming kid, and Storm Reid being dealt the hand of having to play an insufferable character,
I'm obviously not the target audience here, and I've never read the book, but I'd have a hard time imagining that kids would enjoy this. Even as a fairly basic mythic hero's journey, this film falls flat. The actual Call To Adventure really doesn't occur until all the nonsensical witches abandon Meg to her Road of Trials, on Camazotz, and this doesn't occur until the halfway point of the film. There is an amazing amount of wheel-spinning on display, as well as what feels like four hours of pointless CGI characterization on the part of flying Mrs. Whatsit. Also, as I was grinding my way through this film, I slowly came to the realization that the Hero of this particular green-screen journey should actually be Charles Wallace. He Crosses the First Threshold entirely by himself by setting up the journey with the witches, and many of the other stages of the Hero's Journey monomyth apply to him much better than they do Meg.
All Meg does is mope, feel sorry for herself, convey angst, and fail to impress everybody who comes in contact with her. She's essentially Luke Skywalker, perpetually whining about going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters. She's such an endless buzzkill, I'm not even sure Obi-Wan Kenobi would bestow upon her the inherited light saber. And when Meg finally does seize some degree of self-awareness and agency (and, now I think about it, use this film's equivalent of the Force), it results in her subconsciously carjacking the witches 'ᴛᴇssᴇʀ' and almost getting them all killed on Camazotz. She's lucky somebody didn't end up getting splinched for crying out loud. It's such an odd way to convey a hero finally starting to face themselves, and it quickly becomes tedious and colourless. Meg's veritable Rolodex of issues also aren't dealt with in any meaningful way, or at least not in any way that a kid watching this film might relate to.
Sure, we learn that love is what Meg had to fight THE IT with, but the hows and whys of it are alternatively boring and confusing. For example. having Meg tell her physically-violent, demonically-possessed brother, "You can hurt me when I say I love you, but I'll love you anyway!" is kind of a problematic way to express that thought, especially to a young audience.
Ultimately, in my personal head-canon for 'A Wrinkle in Time', it is Charles Wallace's love, not Meg's, that finally overpowers THE IT. He's the real hero on this journey, and Meg is just an annoying tag-along, taking all the credit.
Also, in my head-canon sequel, 'Time's Ironing Board', Charles Wallace begins planning his revenge.
And YOU get acting lessons!..and YOU get acting lessons!..Aaaaaaaaaaaand YOUUUU get acting lessons!!!
I'm keeping this one short because I have zero good things to say about this horrible movie.
A Wrinkle in Time is extremely unbalanced, strangely devoid of tension, and very scarreted about the tone. With powerful colors, bright parttersn and exuberant children, this new look from director Ava DuVernay's on this story squeezes through time and space, not knowing how to land any of it. Relying on room-wide music to provide the missing emotional connection and plastering huge plot holes this movie is one hot mess from the first to the third act. There's no saving grace in this movie, not even the acting of Hollywood top actors like Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon or even critically acclaimed newcomers Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Every generation gets The Never-Ending Story they deserve, This is not that movie2,4/10
went because a friend had just finished the book. he fell asleep before it finished .. The visuals were cool, but the story was lacking.
I liked it! Just shows you that if you keep thinking positive, you'll see more brightness in the world. Everything is already dark as it is... a bit of 'light' is something we all need.
Pretentious!!! Watching a child screaming "LOOK AT ME!", over and over is less pretentious than this film. There is no character development, at all, for any characters. There is so little story that massive amounts of the film time are wasted trying to impress us with the way over used special effects. Seriously, did we need a 10 minute transformation scene. Only one of the plot points is resolved and at the point in which it finally gets around to it, I just could not care anymore.
Save yourself some agony, just watch the trailer and make up any story in your own head about what the movie is about and skip watching this garbage.
Are you serious? Besides making Oprah big as a god you say Nelson Mandela was a hero to mankind? Don't let your kids watch this!
Terrible. This is what happens when you try to follow the book too closely and not realize book to movie does not always work. The earliest Harry Potter films were awkward, the latter ones were excellent with great pacing and a logical flow. If you haven't read the book, please, read it for the superior experience.
Kinda okay-ish movie. It felt awkward sometimes, like, really awkward, especially the acting. I mean, sometimes the chatacters were not behaving like normal human beings.
Besides, if I hear someone saying "Charles Wallace" one more time, i'm gonna lose it.
Went in after reading the reviews not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. It's not great and has a good few fails but it's better than you may have been led to believe. It's a kid's story after all so you should view it as such and my two preteens seemed to enjoy it.
So this may be an unpopular opinion, but I really liked this movie. The effects and colours and innovative scenes kept me occupied without the storyline. But the storyline also kept me interested until the end, the film was unique and had elements I had never seen before. The actors were great too (Reese Witherspoon being my favourite), but the child actors held their own too.
They had an exceptional multifaceted diamond and they replicated a rhinestone Happy Meal toy - glitzy today, forgotten tomorrow. I couldn't be more disappointed with the producers, director and screenwriter of this movie. Full disclosure, my life has been enriched by the world of Madeleine L'Engle. I discovered her writings in college and quickly devoured as many of her novels as I could find. Even reading WRINKLE again, 35 years later in anticipation of the film, I was totally captivated by her world view, philosophy, theology, scientific brilliance and her grasp of the struggles of childhood, and, indeed the world. All that was sublime about her writings was stripped away in this production and replaced with mundane imitations. The quotes of Mrs. Who, drawn from the great minds of time, were replaced by post-modern or contemporary banality. The awesomeness of Mrs. Which was reduced to a Disney fairy godmother. The excentric muddle that was Mrs. Whatsit was stripped of her very essence. And, the exceptionalness of Charles Wallace and his special connection to his sister were totally lost in this film (and what possessed them to make him adopted?). Whole plot lines were abandoned and the story was transformed to something unrecognizable. The themes of character, right, perseverance, courage, faithfulness, faith and wisdom were cast aside for a weak new age drivel about self exceptance, which missed L'Engles point entirely about self-worth being built on finding our strengths in our weakness. That said (Ok, that ranted) you can't fault the actors. They gave good performances of what they were given. Storm Reid is an absolute jewel and I look forward to seeing more of her. Special effect were laudable, but the variety of worlds was lost. Few time have I given a film a worse rating - I give this a 2 (terrible) out of 10. Do your kids a favour - DON'T take them to this movie and ruin the experience of L'Engle's wolds. Instead, buy them the book(s), or better yet, read the book to them at bedtimes. That was how L'Engle wrote it, each chapter a bedtime read for her kids, aged 7, 10 and 12. [Family Adventure SciFi]
The movie picked up after Reese Witherspoon, Oprah, and Mindy Kaling left. Sadly there were about 40 mins left of the movie.
The movie before that:- Mindy Kaling looked awkward, esp. in those weird dresses which in turn made her running look more awkward! Oprah looked out of place and hideous, Reese was OK minus her white outfit.- The camera work was horrible. I hate when they "shake" the camera. I didn't get the point of showing the girl's ear so many times at the beginning of the movie. I kept on expecting something to happen in regards to her ear or hearing but no such thing happened.
It is said when the best part of the movie was the animation at the end when they showed the title. And the music was good. Quite few famous singers in there.
The kids' acting was really good, esp. the little boy. And for some reason Michael Pena stood out.
Poor movie all around...cgi was good just was all over the place
Well, we're not in Kansas anymore! In fact, I'm not sure where we are in the movie, other than some kind of Mumbo Jumbo universe of pretension and colour. I'm not familiar with the book, so wasn't sure what to expect, but for the most part, this film disappointed me.
It's just awful. It's like it was just made to give the opportunity to someone famous to appear larger than life.
To be honest, I was really disappointed with the movie....still am.....I don't know if I should watch it again or not, to try and see if I missed anything.... but everything really confused me and seems so incomplete and all over the place, it was all going so fast and it was messy. As a children's movie (for like kids from 7-10) it could be a really good movie...but for anyone who will actually be looking for a proper story beyond the magic and wonderland like feeling the movie has, it won't be an enjoyable movie.
The animation is great, characters quite interesting, but yet.... really disappointed...
Please, somebody, tell me if this was maybe supposed to be like a sequel? And I'm supposed to watch like one more movie...I did see there was a 2003 version. But as I just quickly skipped through it, but it didn't seem connected in any way...It made me actually think that the 2018 version was a shot at a remake...
horrible movie, to deep to keep my children's attention. to bleak and depressing for adults.
I honestly wished this movie would be awesome, but besides a buttload of CGI and costume changes it was rather weak. I want to read the books as the universe seems promising but I didn't get anything from the movie plot wise. it was a bit of a mashup of vague information. really underwhelming.
I was so excited about the movie and I watched the movie without reading any review. What a waste of time. It can't be worst than that.
Not so up, not so down... The power of love, blah blah blah
With a movie adaptation of a book that was so widely praised and accepted, you can never really live up to the hype or nostalgia of the book. That being said, it was beautifully made. The colors, the designs, and the special effects were great. Don't go in expecting perfection, don't go in expecting more than a good kid-friendly Disney film and you can really enjoy it.
A fine enough film until the third act falls flat, like a three course meal where everything is fine until the desert comes but they don't have what you ordered and what they end up serving you is bland and hard to swallow.
Staying with the idea of the unbalanced meal, half of the characters disappear in the middle of the film (WTF) and this wouldn't be so bad except there the most interesting characters in the whole affair. The special effects are well done until they, too, disappear, making the third act feel drawn out, like waiting for the check when you have nothing left to say and can't find the waiter anywhere.
For those of you with good taste you're gong to have a lot on your plate with this, and many of you probably won't be able to finish it.
the part in which this world is well, when they go to the other is much effect without much meaning or history, a disappointment
This movie just doesn't quite work. I think kids would probably enjoy this more than adults. It's well made but I just didn't get invested into the story. The story is weird and doesn't make a ton of sense but that is fine, I was expecting that. The opening is very slow and I just wanted to get past it so I can see all the supernatural things start. This is visually stunning and by far the best part of the movie. The acting was meh. It's great to see such a diverse cast in a blockbuster. The child actors were fine but Charles Wallace's character was very annoying. I kinda hated the cinematography. They were way too many extreme close ups of all the characters. I felt like it got to the point were it was almost every other shot. The shaking cam stuff was used too much too.
Suffers from bad pacing and being too short. As well as a giant Oprah in a back yard, yet no one notices. "You get to save Chris Pine and you get to save Chris Pine and you get to save Chris Pine!' You also have Reese Witherspoon who can turn into a giant piece of CGI flying lettuce. The movies heart and charm is what made me kind of like it. I just will forget I seen the movie, either by tomorrow or within 2 hours of seeing it.