IHGB Movie Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
IHGB Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time
Starring: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
The Gist: Girl searches for her father with the help of her brother, a friend, and three fabulously dressed ladies.
- Do not go into this movie thinking it will be exactly like the book. You will be annoyed because it’s not. And that’s okay. I just want you to be prepared.
- A Wrinkle in Time is visually stunning. Children, as well as adults, will enjoy it. Which reminds me…
- Well done Hollywood for making a PG-rated movie with so much star power!
- Or should I say “go Disney?”
- Let’s all buy stock in Disney.
- The hair, makeup, and wardrobe people need a raise.
- Storm Reid plays Meg, the main young girl. She is phenomenal. At one point in the film, her reaction to a moment was so genuine that I cried along with her. Mark my words: Storm Reid will go far. PS: L-O-V-E her hair.
- Levi Miller plays Meg’s new friend and fellow wrinkle jumper Calvin. He likes her hair, too. And his eyes are wonderfully expressive. It’s easy to know what he’s saying and feeling without any words.
- Deric McCabe is Meg’s little brother Charles Wallace. He steals the show at every turn.
- Prepare yourself for lots and lots of close-ups. The children have baby soft cheeks and noses and foreheads. The adults need to bottle their skincare regime and sell it to desperate people like me whose face is falling off her skull.
- Chris Pine has the Chris Pineiest eyes and I love him with my whole heart. Even though his beard is shaggy and has a bit of a Wolverine look to it, I would date him all day long. In the wrinkle, outside the wrinkle, in an old man cardigan sweater — it just works.
- Being bullied at school and worrying about body image is addressed in a unique lens. Young women (and men) are encouraged to be warriors. I love that.
- Author Madeline L’Engle inspires us to use our talents as well as our faults.
- I also admire the spiritual undertones that resonate throughout the script: “The only way to defeat the darkness is to become the light.”
- Favorite quote delivered by Zach Galifianakis’ character Happy Medium (a woman in the book): “You can do this. You’re just choosing not to.”
- SUCH A GREAT QUOTE! Read it again.
- “You can do this. You’re just choosing not to.”
- I know you’re wondering why I haven’t brought up the three “Mrs.” yet. That’s because I thought all of the above did a phenomenal job and the Mrs. were adequate. Let me break it down for you:
- Reese Witherspoon — Mrs. Whatsit — Her skin is flawless (thank you close-ups) and although I don’t love red eye shadow, Mrs. Whatsit can pull it off. Reese is my favorite of the trio by far. She’s a snarky, self-centered character who, when Reese position her mouth a certain way, reminds me of a rude version of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. She’ll provide a fair amount of chuckles.
- Mindy Kaling — Mrs. Who — I think Mindy did a decent job portraying Mrs. Who’s main characteristic, which is speaking in quotes. The majority of the times she opens her mouth, an interesting one-liner pops out that helps serve or lift up the moment everyone is experiencing. It’s charming, really, but unfortunately rare when she speaks. When Mrs. Who doesn’t speak, Mindy keeps her lips together. Translation: It’s odd. I wanted her to smile with teeth. Or open her mouth in shock. How about pursing her lips in frustration? Her tight lip was distracting to me.
- Oprah Winfrey — Mrs. Witch — Oprah is the all-powerful Oz and knows it. She speaks in her Oprah voice the entire time. I did lean into her rhinestone eyebrows. I will be wearing some for Halloween. Or next Tuesday. Whatever the case, they will be purple.
Black Panther took the number one spot over the weekend, crossing the one billion mark worldwide. I’m not sure Disney anticipated Black Panther to prevail over The Wizard of Oprah, but securing the number one and number two spots is something worthy of a celebration. I think A Wrinkle in Time is worth seeing on the big screen, because it’s so pretty, but if that doesn’t seem reason enough to pay $15 per person in your family, then go for the matinee or wait for it on demand.
What I will take away: When I think I can’t do something, am I justin choosing not to? Deep thoughts by Happy Medium.