A Wrinkle in Time: Different, Good, but Kind of Worth It

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Children and adults alike may have read the 1962 bestselling novel “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Now you can watch this new movie in theaters based on the book. The story features a modern day twist with biracial characters, with the lead character as a strong and courageous girl.

14-year-old Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is the daughter of brilliant parents. Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a microbiologist and a good one at that. Her husband, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine), is a physicist. Her parents have made a discovery called a tesseract, or a wrinkle in time. Unbeknownst to Meg and her mom, her dad transported himself to a new, distant, and different planet, somewhere unknown. He became trapped there by its evil ruler known as IT. Meg is bullied at school because of her missing father, and her grades are very low. Her curly brown hair and glasses make her feel awkward at school and envious of her beautiful mother. Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and her mom love each very much and never give up hope on finding Dr. Murry. Meg and Charles Wallace, along with a new-found friend Calvin (Levi Miller), are sent to find him. Their mission begins with three mysterious beings from within the universe, Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) appearing to them. Their journey is an epic one, about family, friendship, and love.

The movie’s stunning visual effects made it mesmerizingly enjoyable to watch. The animation made me feel like I was right there with Meg. There are beautiful creatures, invisible staircases, and vivid landscapes; this movie can stimulate pictures that you can only dream of.

For all the fans of the book, heed this: certain things are altered majorly. For example, In the movie, Mrs. Whatsit turns out to be a side-character. She doesn’t even think that Meg is suitable for finding her father. Also, in the book, Meg has two younger brothers which don’t exist in the movie. In general, the character development in the movie doesn’t go into the same depth than in the book.

“A Wrinkle in Time” portrays that in the universe there is suffering, despair, and fear, but we should always accept what we are handed. By being our true selves and finding our light within we can fight the darkness. Life is constantly changing, and no matter what, we are capable of handling it, like courageous Meg does. I highly recommend watching this creative, classic, book-turned-film. It is one you don’t want to miss.