This past weekend I had the chance to watch Ava DuVernay’s inspired, dazzling reimagining of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle in Time. The Disney film was a much-needed reboot of the “made for tv” film in 2003. Ava DuVernay made history by becoming the first black female director of a Disney blockbuster, but the true impact is her excellent, generous vision of empowerment.
A Wrinkle in Time follows the lives of the Murry family after the father Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) has been missing four years as a result of his studies of astrophysics and wrinkles in time. Meg (a star in the making Storm Reid) is sullen, suspicious and above all hurting from the loss of her father. Her adopted brother – a prodigious Charles Wallace (scene stealer Deric McCabe) tries to help Meg through the loss. One night he welcomes Mrs. Whatsit (a wonderfully odd Reese Witherspoon) into their home, thus beginning their journey to find their father. This leads to discovering Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling spouting her best Rumi and Lin Manuel Miranda quotes) and finally Mrs. Which, the all-powerful and awe-inspiring Oprah!!
What commences is a journey through the very fabric of time a space to find their missing father, and maybe a chance for Meg to find herself as well. That is the beauty of this telling of A Wrinkle in Time. This is a journey for Meg, she is not confident in her appearance, her strength, or her ability to fix her family. The goal might have been to find her father, but in the end Meg finding her confidence was the real story. Her journey from hesitant girl to bold, glorious warrior had me in tears in one of the films most beautiful, moving scenes. No words were needed, although any statement from Oprah’s Mrs. Which also had me in tears. When Meg finally flew through that wrinkle in time back to her family it was a brilliant cinematic moment that truly encompassed the entire message of the film.
A Wrinkle in Time had its flaws, I felt that the script fell flat at times, the pauses between sentences were very obvious. The film could have made the exposition a little smoother, but they do have to attempt to put complex astrophysics concepts into a family film, so more power to them. Finally, I think that the film suffered for it’s run time, I realize the ending scenes are good for a sense of closure, but I think that more could have been left for the audience to piece together. However, the heart of the film was so soulful, so powerful that I really cannot focus on these minor faults, I choose to instead celebrate what this film celebrates. Ava’s A Wrinkle in Time is a film that shows every young girl that they can change their world for the better. In an era that seems to be filled with darkness, we should be able to look to art like A Wrinkle in Time and artists like Ava DuVernay and the entire cast for their inspiration, representation, and stories. Go see this delightful film.