“A Wrinkle in Time” Takes Us On a Magical Journey

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Oprah Winfrey plays Mrs. Witch in “A Wrinkle in Time.”

A Wrinkle in Time: 2018 PG

“A Wrinkle in Time” is the highly anticipated film adaptation of the iconic 1962 children’s book by Madeleine L’Engle.  It stars an all-star cast and takes us on a life-lesson filled magical journey to another dimension.  In the most basic of definitions, “A Wrinkle In Time” is a story about searching.  It is not only a film about a family searching for its long-lost father, but a search for one’s purpose, and the belief in one’s self.

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Meg Murray (Storm Reid) and her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) have been without their scientist father Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) for the last four years.  Both of their parents are brilliant scientists and have been working on a concept called “tesseracting.” This belief is a phenomenon that allows for the folding of space and time and could theoretically propel someone to other planetary dimensions using only one’s mind. Dr. Murry knew that all he needed was the right frequency and he could tesseract to anywhere in the universe. 

One late night while Dr. Murry is working on this concept, he disappears and is never seen again.  Their father’s disappearance has taken quite a toll on Meg and her brother.  They both have become introverted and are considered outcasts from their peers.  Meg has become defiant and has been getting into a lot of trouble at school.  Charles Wallace has genius qualities and seems to have a connection with his father and the concept of the tesseract. 

With the arrival of the peculiar astral being Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), comes the beginning of an interstellar journey to find Meg and Charles Wallace’s father.  Meg’s friend from school, Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller) seems to be drawn to the expedition (and Meg) and decides to join the group on their quest.  Mrs. Whatsit introduces our team to the other two astral beings Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).  Known collectively as the “Mrs,” our magical three “fairy godmother-like” mysterious travelers tesseract with the three children to see the Happy Medium (Zack Galifianakis) to get answers on the whereabouts of the Murry children’s lost father. 

After learning from the Happy Medium that their father is being held by an evil being called the “It” on the dark planet Camazotz, the “Mrs” prepare the children for a mission through time and space to rescue their father.  The dark forces of the “It” prove to be too much for the “Mrs,” and they begin to weaken.  They will no longer be able to guide the children, and the three inexperienced travelers will have to take on the “It” alone.  They will continue armed with three gifts from the “Mrs” and their own inner light to defeat the evil lurking on Camazotz and return home with their lost father.

There are many life-lessons to be learned from “A Wrinkle in Time.”  It is a big reason why I enjoyed this film so much.  “We can’t take credit for our talents, it’s how we use them that counts.”  Mrs. Whatsit.  “You just have to find the right frequency and Believe in who you are”. Mrs. Which.  “The wound is the place where the light enters” Mrs. Who.  “It’s Ok to fear the answers as long as you don’t avoid them. The Happy Medium.  These are just a couple of the profound lessons that this great film tries to teach. 

“Wrinkle” takes on many dark emotions like fear, loss, insecurity, non-confidence and remorse and begs the audience to overcome them not by ignoring them but by respecting them as real.  They cannot be overcome until they are defined, and no longer feared.  Meg had to overcome many personal demons before she could project her inner light and save her father.  Dr. Alex Murray had to get past his ego to get back to his family.  This is seen in his touching confession to his daughter at the end of the film. “I wanted to shake hands with the universe, but I should have been holding yours.” 

“A Wrinkle In Time” is about what it means to be a source of light in a world full of uncertainty and darkness.  It applauds both the human spirit and independent thinking in a world full of conformity.  It shows that all of us should be striving to find our own purpose and inner light.  Our own “Wrinkle in Time.”

I thoroughly enjoyed “A Wrinkle in Time.”  The fantastical scenery and costumes made the audience believe they were in the interstellar dimensions with the characters.  I believe that the lessons taught from the film will remain timeless and be an inspiration to children everywhere.  It is a cross between “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Chronicles of Narnia,” and will be a blueprint for children’s movies moving forward.  I give it a solid 3 out of 4 stars.

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