A Wrinkle in Time - 4/5
Contrary to all the negative press this film has received, it is an excellent movie. A lot of its remarkable production lies in the hands of Ava DuVernay's direction and the passionate and committed work from its lead star newcomer Storm Reid. With material like this where fantasy and reality mix about, the good chance of it being tacky and abysmal is quite high. However, A Wrinkle in Time manages to engage with you and give you a very heartwarming story. As the leading character Meg, Reid's performance was an absolute stand out. You are on her side and want her to reach her end goal. Reese Witherspoon (clearly, the best thing about the film), is quirky and well cast as the bubbly Mrs Whatsit. The camera loves her, and so do we. Mindy Kaling who was surprisingly underused had the best lines as wisdom filled Mrs Who. Finally - Oprah - reminds us she is queen and superior - both in size and character as Mrs Which - to be honest, she was the weakest link in this production. With the exception of The Color Purple, she has never really been a good actress - and this movie reminds us about that. The color and cinematography energise this film and should be characters by itself. Combined with the costuming, they make you feel part of the fantasy world.
When the movie finished, the cinema applauded - clearly I was not the only one who loved this film. I am baffled as to why this did not do so well at the America box office. Perhaps, with the domination of Black Panther, and then the hype of Red Sparrow, A Wrinkle in Time was perhaps too much diversity for people to cope with. The critics and public decided to give it a bit of negativity. Anyway - I strongly encourage you to give this film a go. If you have a family - take them with you. There is good chance, you will love it and like me feel its warmth from the message it delivers.