Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time opened strong at the box office with a $33 million.
The Ava DuVernay-directed film starring Storm Reid, Oprah Wrinfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, secured the no. 2 spot behind Black Panther, which has locked down the no. 1 spot for 4 consecutive weeks.
Read our review of A Wrinkle In Time, written by our resident movie guru, Brian Gunn.
‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Review by Brian Gunn
Wassup, y’all! You might hate wrinkles in your clothes and think wrinkles on your skin are a sign of old age, but director Ava DuVernay is looking to change the way we look at wrinkles in the new movie, “A Wrinkle in Time”.
The best-selling novel-turned-movie stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Chris Pine. Pine and Mbatha-Raw are married astrophysicists Kate and Alex Murry, who have this crazy theory that time and space can be bent, allowing travel to other planets in seconds. Alex goes missing and the family, especially Meg (played by Reid), is turned upside down, until they get a visit from a strange character needing their help. The 1962 novel won numerous awards and has stood the test of time, making it one of the most popular books ever. Converting this into a motion picture wouldn’t be easy. How can a director satisfy purists yet pull newcomers into this fantasy without compromising the uniqueness within the novel? (In my “Ali bumaye” voice) Ava…DuGugu Mbatha-Rawernay! Ava…DuVernay! She absolutely KILLS it, y’all! DuVernay’s imaginative direction along with technology and stellar performances from an A-list cast delivers a children’s cinematic dream!
Storm Reid produces downpours of emotion. It’s hard not to fall in love with her character. I didn’t read the book so I don’t know how Meg is portrayed, but I do know that her movie version is on point. You’ll be cheering for her throughout the film. The three ladies that make up The Mrs. W’s are Winfrey, Kaling, and Witherspoon, are all different yet all entertaining. Winfrey is Mrs. Which who is more of the insightful one. Her performance doesn’t stand out but she’s still solid. Kaling plays Mrs. Who, who has an interesting way of saying things. Witherspoon is Mrs. Whatsit and she’s the most colorful out of the three. There’s no life-altering acting going on here, but all contribute vitally to the plot. Pine doesn’t have much screen time, but when he’s on, he shines. He, along with Reid, injects raw feelings into the movie. Their chemistry is better than a high school science class. The little kid who plays Meg’s brother Charles Wallace isn’t bad. You can tell he’s still learning the ropes, but he does a decent enough job to hold your kid’s attention. After all, they aren’t judging performances, they just want characters to be interesting, and that he is. The one who surprised me the most was Zach Galafianakis. He’s normally the funny one, but he gets to flex his serious side this time and succeeds in doing so – I see ya, Zach. The cast does a marvelous job, and so do the special effects.
“A Wrinkle in Time” is just beautiful. When it comes to imagery, the CGI takes on a life of its own! There are so many eye-catching visuals in this movie, the kids will stare, and stare, and stare – you get the point. Duvernay made it a point to bring the book to life in the best way possible. The special effects are dope, but that’s just one of the driving forces behind this film. The other is the subplot. I always say if you want to make a film memorable, make the audience emotionally attached. The subplot deals with loss, love, and embracing your flaws. As I was watching, during some scenes all I heard was sniffling and tissues ruffling – big babies! Movies are never as good as the books, but “A Wrinkle in Time” is pretty dayum close. No need to check your watches; “A Wrinkle in Time” is time well spent.
“A Wrinkle in Time” isn’t for cynics – or adults. If you’re the type to nitpick at every little detail, stay home. This joint is for the kids, and the kids are going to LOVE it! If you’re not able to suspend your belief for 1 hour 39 minutes, at least try to tap into your inner-child. I’ve seen a lot of negativity regarding this movie, and I’m trying to figure out why. It’s not the greatest movie ever made, but it is thoroughly entertaining. Either these so-called critics watched a different film, or they have ulterior motives – hmmm.
Anyway, “A Wrinkle in Time” is a great fam-film, so I’m co-signing it to the fullest. Listen, “A Wrinkle in Time” is one wrinkle you don’t have to worry about ironing or applying facial cream!
Watch the trailer below.