Preoccupied with glitter and flare, “A Wrinkle in Time” delivers a disjointed story and Disney ending, all of which detract from the undeniable talent of the actors, dazzling visual effects, stunning wardrobe and excellent musical score. Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Deric McCabe all bring their A-game to this muddled narrative, helping shore-up the inaccurate retelling of Madeleine L'Engle’s classic, 1960s, science fiction novel of the same name.
Starting out on Earth, brother and sister Charles Wallace (McCabe) and Meg (Reid) long to reunite with their scientist father who disappeared four years earlier. . From here, Charles Wallace introduces his sister to three mystical ladies (although how Charles Wallace made their acquaintance is not clear): Mrs. Which (Winfrey); Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon); and Mrs. Who (Kaling). These ladies offer to assist Charles Wallace and Meg in finding their father. Accompanied by their new-found friend, Calvin (Levi Miller), the group travels (“tessers”) across the vastness of space and, after several false (albeit visually stunning) starts, find their father in the '‘Darkness,'’ an evil force bent on taking over the universe. Through Meg’s bravery and inherent good, the children rescue their father from the darkness, learning many life lessons along the way.
The trailer for “A Wrinkle in Time” was intriguing, portraying a film full of extravagant special effects and riveting detail, which it delivers; however, its content and storyline fall short. If the same care invested in the stunning visual effects and beautiful costume design had been put into developing the characters and story, “A Wrinkle in Time” would likely have secured it a spot in cinema history. Regrettably, that was not the case.