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REVIEW: ‘Wrinkle in Time’ progressive and beautiful, yet lacks development

By Joy Mazur

In a world overflowing with action, superhero, and horror movies, it is sometimes refreshing to take comfort in a child’s world. A Wrinkle in Time is a newly released Disney film that offers a fresh take on the classic children’s book of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle. Overall, it lacks development in both plot and character, but its astounding beauty makes it a worthwhile watch.

The movie has taken great lengths to advertise itself to groups of all ages and identities. Its unorthodox methods of promotion, such as hiring drag queens to recreate the iconic look of Mrs. Which, has certainly garnered attention.

In addition, the production team has worked tirelessly to include everyone in Wrinkle’s conversation. The movie is produced, written, and directed by a trio of women– Catherine Hand, Jennifer Lee, and Ava Duvernay, respectively. Women in authoritative positions in Hollywood are rare, and these three are undoubtedly changing the scene. Their film includes people of color as main characters, like breakout star Storm Reid, in order to promote representation of all races. Big-name actors — like Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah — promise viewers a captivating and realistic performance.

The film itself is visually stunning. The special effects are well thought-out and executed, from chilling fight scenes with the enemy to the beautiful magic of the witches. Its landscapes captivate with their artistry and realistic nature. Those interested in art and graphics are sure to be pleased with the display that A Wrinkle in Time provides.

Yet where it abounds in visual appeal, it lacks in development. The film’s focus on special effects leaves it little time to develop relations between characters and the audience, as well as among the characters themselves. The film would have been more impactful with additional time devoted to backstory and overall character arcs.

Even so, the film does pack the hard-hitting, emotional, and touching moments that Disney is so well-known for. It is relatable because of its characters and appeals to children and adults of all ages with its whimsical nature. Though it could be improved, it is ultimately a fun and worthy adaptation of a classic loved by many. I would recommend it for families looking for an enjoyable evening watch.

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