A Wrinkle In Time
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Madeleine L'Engle's best-selling and beloved Newbery Award-winning novel bursts to life in a spectacular family film that TV Guide calls "a charming and imaginative film." When astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murry disappears without a trace, his children, Meg and Charles Wallace, and neighbor Calvin O'Keefe embark on a cosmic quest to find him. Guided by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, the children travel to a distant planet and encounter a society controlled by an evil force. They must trust themselves and one another if they are to rescue Dr. Murry and return home safely. Enjoy the nonstop excitement and adventure of A WRINKLE IN TIME, starring Academy Award(R)-nominated actress Alfre Woodard (1984 Best Supporting Actress, CROSS CREEK) and teen idol Gregory Smith from TV's EVERWOOD. It's an amazing journey your family will want to take over and over again.
Director John Kent Harrison's imaginative film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 A Wrinkle in Time may not be able to fully satisfy the immense expectations of those decidedly loyal to L'Engle's book, yet delivers a family thriller impressive enough to stand on its own merits. Katie Stuart plays Meg Murry, the introverted, intelligent oldest child of Dr. Jack Murry, an astrophysicist who has suddenly disappeared without a trace. As Meg struggles with her father's absence and her own coming-of-age awkwardness, she tightens her bond with Charles Wallace (David Dorfman), her brilliant, eccentric 6-year-old brother. When a trio of celestial beings summons them to find their father, the children are joined by neighbor Calvin O'Keefe (Gregory Smith) to embark on a dangerous journey of time travel. They "tesseract" onto the planet Camazotz where Dr. Murry is being held prisoner by an evil force. The film retains the essence of the novel, and deftly employs its 128-minute running time to build viewer affinity for the heroic children. The special effects will not disappoint, though the climatic last battle should have held closer to the book. Stuart is exemplary as the understated and deeply reflective Meg, while Dorfman dazzles as conflicted Charles Wallace. (Ages 8 and older) --Lynn Gibson
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As always some of the detail in the book is missing but overall the feel and essence of the story has been maintained. Meg pulls off a nuanced performance and her relationship with Calvin stays on the right side of teen romance. I thought Charles Wallace's performance is astounding regardless of his age and even more so considering that he was only 8 at the time.
My 9 year old liked it while my 12 year old got hung up on the special effects and the anachronistic elements in the movie (wow what a difference 11 years makes in technological progress) and wasn't too impressed.
The story is easy to follow and the special effects are fairly good. Do not expect an adult adventure film, this movie did not get the more sophisticated treatment which "Harry Potter" or "The Lord of the Rings" got, it is still geared to a younger audience. On the other hand it is well enough written and acted that most older audiences will not feel that their intelligence is being insulted.
I skimmed through the older reviews of this movie and it seems that most of the poor ratings were from people who had read the book and did not feel the movie did justice to the book. I can not comment on this aspect of the movie due to the fact that I have not read the book.
I bought the DVD for our grandkids but will try to get them to read the book. Why am I not rating it lower? At least a movie HAS been done, and it's OK, but NO SUBSTITUTE for taking the time to read, and enjoy your imagination.
I'm another boomer who had the book read to us, a chapter at a time in grade school. It was so exciting! The showdown with IT was the best part. In this movie, you don't even know what IT is!!! Massive tentacles?? Where's that oversize pulsating brain!!! The red-eye guy is a poor substitute for the "villain." (He's only supposed to be a conduit.)
I don't hold out any hope that this book will ever be redone as another film, ever again. Too many kids bypassing the book, and comparing this movie to Star Wars, Potter, and other scifi/fantasies. By comparison it comes across as a B-movie.
The book is amazing -- still is. I wish someone would start doing Robert Heinlein books into movies!!!