True, it wasn’t made for me, but after the bigoted statements made by Brie Larson regarding film reviewers I thought I’d review the one film she quite clearly doesn’t want me to review. If love is the “frequency” of this film – I find it disturbing that such comments could be made with regards to reviewers. My apologies Brie, I’m not quite 40 yet but I seem to meet the other requirements from your age-ist, racist and sexist rant.
I’m an easy-sell when it comes to fantasy movies. Having lovingly absorbed Sci Fi for 30-something years the title alone appealed greatly to me. “A childrens guide to quantum entanglement” would have been a more suitable title but alas….
The message of A Wrinkle In Time is that just because someone tries to put you down because of who you are, their opinion is not the sum of your identity. You must defy that person and find your inner strength. Show them you are not the pigeon-hole they have put you into. Show them that regardless of age, race or gender that your opinion matters. That you have value. In film criticism and further afield.
From the offset I felt a connection with Meg’s character (played fantastically by Storm Reid). Her isolation. We’ve all been there, Brie. We’ve all felt that loss – the world is turning without you and no-one understands. That’s where this film shines. It deals with themes of anxiety and lack of confidence, identity, inner-strength, love and loss with poignant and tender class.
As good as Charles Wallace (Derric Mccabe) is in the film his presence draws a lot of attention away from everything else in those scenes. Conversely Levi Miller wasn’t able to do much with his spotlight and faded into the scenery. His character was a cardboard cut-out, poorly fleshed-out, with no back story and very little significance to the plot. Chris Pine did his best despite looking like Gary from Team America.
As for the fairy-Godmothers : A solid performance from Reese Witherspoon. Oprah Winfrey was mediocre despite figuratively glistening in her larger-than-life role. Mindy Kaling never got to spread her wings. To me that was one of the real let-downs of the film.
Some very odd choices of shot framing with “uncomfortably up close and personal” being the productions theme. There was however beautiful panning shots of Meg and Charles walking through the neighborhood. Animation and SFX showcase stunning vistas and effortless clouds and expansive lands which I felt was adequate enough to tell the story.
The soundtrack choices were poorly matched to the scenes but overall did have that wholesome Disney feel. The real issue was that at any opportunity events were punctuated by one of those sickly pop songs.
The set design and lighting was thoughtful and well executed right up until the end when it seems like the lighting budget ran out.
Youtuber Grace Randolph accurately described it as a “Michael Jackson Music Video, without any of the awesome music or dance numbers”. It all too frequently gets bogged down in the message at the expense of itself and suffers from a conveyerbelt of unnecessary and inconsequential characters which made for a disjointed story.
The go-to phrase seems to be “the book was better”. Narratively there’s a feel of final fantasy, anime and a distinctly Wizard of Oz vibe.
The plot seems to just happen to the characters and very little of the events of the story feel earned by their behaviour or actions.
The main wrinkles of this film occurred between scene transitions and unbelievable dialogue. Aside from that it breaks its own rules at every turn.
Very much a film that aimed for the stars but didn’t quite make it. The Neverending story for this generation. So in conclusion : thanks for putting me onto this film, Brie. After all it was your prehistoric and bigoted comments that spurred me on.
To anyone who has not read the book : watch the Thug Notes deconstruction and analysis :