Movie Review: A ‘Wrinkle’ in the Box Office

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A timeless tradegy: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ stars Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling, who portayed the three astral travelers from the novel. The Walt Disney Pictures movie hit theaters Feb. 26.

Caitlin Anders
Staff Writer

Based off the popular book, “A Wrinkle in Time” hit theaters with a downpour of disappointment.

The film received a critical rating of 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, along with an audience rating of 33 percent. It also scrapes by with a 4/10 on IMDb.

The story follows young Meg Murry as she searches for her long-lost father.

After the journey, they become reunited, with the moment of desperation and overwhelming happiness between the two beings very apparent.

So here’s the thing with this movie: it has gorgeous special effects, phenomenal costumes and makeup, and eye-catching scenery.

However, those characteristics all seem to be present for only one reason: to distract the audience from the horrible script, the choppy dialogue and the holes in the plotline.

It’s the same reason for all the big-name celebrities being in it; the creators knew the actual idea wouldn’t draw in audiences, so they instead signed a bunch of well-known stars to walk around.

The perfect word to be used for this movie is “pointless.” Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling portrayed the three peculiar beings, who acted as the guides and mentors for the three main children on a rescue mission.

Their so-called words of wisdom during the turning points in the film, however, became boring and disconnected from the storyline. They were also extremely inconsistent with their purpose in the story, especially when they left the children to complete the mission because they suddenly lost strength.

The only excuse for this is because the writers wanted to throw a roadblock in the paths of the young heroes, but they did it in such a poor fashion.

There is also a scene when Meg’s little brother gets into danger, but the actress who plays Meg, Storm Reid, did not portray much of a connection. She seemed to be only doing what it says in the script and nothing more. There is no depth or emotional investment throughout the film.

Another pointless character is the third member of the young trio named Calvin. He did nothing for the story. He hardly knew the siblings, but suddenly felt the urge to join them on a dangerous adventure to a world that represented the inside of a Dr. Seuss book.

There were several scenes where Calvin frustrated me, because his activities only revolved around standing and watching all the action.

The only reason his character exists in this movie is for the purpose of a cute school-girl crush and love interest between him and Meg. Again, pointless.

This movie is based off of the five-book series “Time Quintet,” so who knows, maybe he’ll actually do more than flail his arms and make lovey-dovey eyes at Meg in the future installments, if there are any.

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