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Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time




Director: Ava DuVernay
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

“Wrinkle in Time” dazzles to children!

Heavily mistook this for a Disney remake, but it’s not, in fact it was based on a true story written by Madeleine L'Engle in 1962.

Director Ava DuVernay, known for her greatest film Selma (produced in 2014 and nominated for Best Picture Oscar), have crafted an interesting science-fantasy film that would embark children and young adults to seek adventure through the tunnel and into the dark. DeVernay shifts from the human world to the fantasized worlds to make this film more colorful and intense to adapt.

Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon made their way to the scene, providing their satisfying, supportive roles to the actress Storm Reid, who previously flew from the film, 12 Years of Slave (Winner for Best Picture Oscar in 2012). To top it off, only Reese Witherspoon was very serious on her role just like her performance in Pleasantville (1998) and Oprah Winfrey just lectures from the first half of the film.

Storm Reid did a great job on providing a rebellious, yet very icy-role to break in order to solve the conspiracy like Scooby-Doo and Marlin from Finding Nemo.

Chris Pine, after working on 2017’s Wonder Woman, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw both provided the hearty-healthy role as parents of Reid’s character. Chris Pine was truly outstanding on his role as a missing father, which was a nod to his Steve Trevor character in Wonder Woman. Let’s forget about Zach Galifianakis and Michael Peña’s terrific performances.

The visual effects and background are well done just like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Twister, The Chronicles of Narnia series, and Bridge to Terabithia.

Despite me enjoying the film, the first ten minutes of this film left me nowhere (and slightly off) when it comes to storytelling and script-writing. Same reaction to Deric McCabe’s character, who isn’t helping at the very beginning and almost the very end. Don’t know why they cast him, but it’s because McCabe is the easiest choice for the role. Also, they are camera shakings there in one scene.

Though the film was good, I didn’t say it was a horrible film when it involves plot twists and the concerns on the children characters. In addition, this film would be a hit and a miss (50/50). I don’t mind watching again, but this film may be a downfall to older adults. This film fits for scientists and science enthusiasts, but for anyone, it’s a tough decision to choose. For younger moviegoers, they have a good taste for this. It’s an “Evel Knievel” type of film for eight-year-olds. I would not obligate children under the age of 7 or younger to watch this. Love it or don’t, watch something else like Marvel’s Black Panther.

For one extra point, a pat-in-the-back for the eye-lashing Disney logo of the tesseract.

GRADE: B-

(Review by Henry Pham)




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