4YE Review: A Wrinkle In Time Takes Us Through Space And Teaches Us To Be Warriors

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Ever since the well-renowned astrophysicist Alex Murry disappeared without a trace, his daughter Meg (Storm Reid) has been seen as a troubled child at school, even though she’s the one being bullied.

One night, a strange woman appears in the family’s living room and only Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) seems to know the woman called Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon). She mentions the tesseract, the type of space-travel that Meg’s dad was working on, actually exists but before Meg and her mom Kate (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) can ask her more about it, she leaves.

The next day while on a walk, Meg and Charles Wallace are joined by one of Meg’s classmates Calvin (Levi Miller) and the three of them go to the house of Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling). The woman only speaks in quotations but also seems to know Charles Wallace.

Back in their backyard, the three kids meet Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who once more and the two Mrs. are joined by Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), who appears as a giant. They lead Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace through a tesseract to a distant planet named Uriel, as they try to find their father.

The search mission soon turns into a rescue mission when they realize that Alex is trapped on Camazotz, a planet also known as “The IT”. IT represents all the evil, anger, pride, low self-esteem, and selfishness in the world.

The Mrs. tell the three that they cannot travel there because of the lack of light on the planet. However, due to Meg’s determination, they do anyway and now Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin have to complete the mission on their own.

Watch the trailer below to get a glimpse at the adventure Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin go on with the three Mrs.

A Wrinkle in Time is certainly a movie that inspires you to be a good person and to be a warrior for your family, friends, yourself and everyone around you to make the world a better place for all of us.

The warrior of the movie was by far Storm Reid (Meg Murry) and the young actress already has quite some talent up her sleeve. She gave a stellar performance which I really enjoyed, and I can definitely see her going far in Hollywood. I especially liked the final showdown between her character and Charles Wallace, as it showed how good both of these actors truly are. The fact that Meg wasn’t a typical good character, in the beginning, was another thing I enjoyed about her. She was very relatable, especially given what had happened to her and the loss she still hasn’t gotten over. Though like most teenagers, she failed to see both sides of a story and she judged a book by its cover too quickly; something we are all guilty of at one point. But Meg has learned that there is often more to it than it may look like and she grew in her character throughout the movie.

Another performance I have to highlight was the one of Deric McCabe. He was just brilliant as Charles Wallace and gave the movie a brighter side it needed in the beginning. Despite how smart he definitely is, he almost seemed to be a bit childlike and naïve in the beginning, although the audience definitely knew that Charles Wallace knew more than anyone expected, especially his sister and mother. The twist of his character at the end was quite nice as well and it proved that we all have a darker side inside of us. McCabe, however, could also portray this darker Charles Wallace too and it showed again that not everyone is the way he/she seems from the outside.

This is also true for Calvin, though, it was not as thoroughly explored as with Charles Wallace and Meg. This was something they definitely could have done, though and I think it would have been interesting to see as well. I mean, he obviously wasn’t the main character and there might not have been time to explore his character in depth as well, but I think they could have done more than to just have one scene about it in the movie. Nevertheless, Levi Miller’s portrayal of Calvin was really great, and he definitely has potential to go far in the business.

The big names of the movie undeniably were Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling. However, they did not steal the spotlight from the younger actors in the movie. That is not to say that they were anything but amazing. They just let the younger actors shine more in it. The same goes for Chris Pine. Even though the actor only had a minor role in the movie, he didn’t take the attention away from his younger co-star Storm Reid but still portrayed his character very well.

A Wrinkle in Time is definitely a movie that the whole family will enjoy and shows that everyone can be a warrior and bring more light into this world.

Anna Hattingen