"a colourful, delicate story about believing in yourself and your own power"
Adapted from the homonymous novel, A Wrinkle in Time is a colourful, delicate story about believing in yourself and your own power. Set in contemporary times, this is the perfect Disney adventure. The story follows Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace. After loosing their father, a physicist who disappeared 4 years earlier while on the verge of a big discovery, brother and sister embark on an adventure to find him.
In their quest, traveling around the Universe, they are helped by three extraordinary and unique women, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who, through their journey in other dimensions, Meg and her brother will be tested multiple times and only believing in themselves will help them succeed in their mission.
Inspired by Madeleine L’Engle’s best selling novel, A Wrinkle in Time is a challenging story to translate on screen, and only the vision of Ava DuVernay could have succeeded in bringing it to the screen; after such choral projects like Selma, DuVernay is finally able to unleash her imagination and bring to the screen a magical and delicate movie.
The cinematography is colourful and vibrant. All the different Planets and dimensions are unique and alive with wonders. The panoramic shots of these imaginary lands are breathtaking and bring the audience into a whole new fantasy world.
Light and darkness play a fundamental part in the story and are used as an allegory for hope and despair. Around the three Mrs. everything is bright and exciting. However, the more Meg and her brother get closer to finding their father, the more they discover a dark and dangerous reality, the It, the origin of everything that is wrong with the world.
To fight and win against it, Meg has to find her strength from within and can only rely on herself, since the three Mrs. draw their powers from the light and can’t follow them through this perilous path. To help the magical atmosphere take over, make up and costume designs play a huge part. The three Mrs. are marvellous and quirky. They bedazzle with their different styles that change according to every Planet they visit.
The accuracy in every detail is essential to sell the magic of traveling across time and space. The camera follows the protagonists like a silent companion during their journey, capturing every single emotion with discretion.
It is extremely easy to perceive that a woman is behind the lenses because everything has a more introspective tone. The camera captures every small detail without being too intrusive and the story acquires a more delicate tone.
The cast ensemble is phenomenal, however the greatest performance is delivered by the younger actor playing Charles Wallace. Deric Mccabe, at only 9 years old, portrays one of the most well rounded characters of the film. Charles is caring, thoughtful and extremely bright and Deric is completely believable while playing this part. The rage of emotions and the evolution of his character are spectacular and by himself he carries the film on his shoulders.
Storm Reid has the responsibility to play Meg, the protagonist of the story. She understood her character completely, especially her emotional and troubled state of mind after she lost her father and all the insecurities that adolescence brings into the life of a young woman.
Meg is what moves the story along. Her personal growth is what will make it possible for the mission to be successful. She has to overcome all her doubts and insecurities to finally unleash all her potential and Storm Reid is definitely capable of bringing to the screen a strong interpretation.
Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey play the part of the three supernatural mentors with such natural poise; their role is to guide the protagonists during their journey. They are there to make them understand that all their power comes only from within. Their motherly support helps them understand that believing in themselves is the only weapon they really need to fight against the darkness.
Throughout the movie, comic relief and dramatic breakthrough go hand in hand and with the extraordinary visuals used to create the different realities, the final result is a highly entertaining film.
A Wrinkle in Time is a fantastic tale that delicately touches recent hot topics like bullying and inclusion. It is a story that wants to remind that being unique is not wrong and that believing in yourself and finally accepting who you are, flaws and all, is the only way to silence the ugliness that is spreading in the world.