Overall, “A Wrinkle in Time” Reviews Aren’t Great

A Wrinkle in Time was an excellent example of science fantasy, which is exactly what it sounds like in that it is a kind of speculative fiction that combines elements of science fiction stories with elements of fantasy stories. While it was written back in the 1960s, it has managed to stand up to the test of time, as shown by the fact that it remains much read even in the present. Now, A Wrinkle in Time has been brought to the movie screen by Ava DuVernay, which has been much anticipated.

In part, this was because A Wrinkle in Time was such a beloved book. However, it should also be noted that there were reasons to be optimistic about the movie. For example, there was a fair amount of excitement from DuVernay’s involvement, seeing as how she has managed to break a number of barriers with her previous movies. Furthermore, the casting for the movie looked quite good, which was in addition to the fact that the casting was rather reflective of modern values. Unfortunately, there might have been too much hype built up around A Wrinkle in Time, seeing as how the reviews that have come out have been quite consistent about their disappointment.

What Are the Reviews Saying About A Wrinkle in Time?

One of the complaints is that A Wrinkle in Time is a Disney movie in the least positive sense of that label. In short, the book wasn’t shy about showing that its characters had rough edges. For that matter, it wasn’t shy about showing that its setting could be rather unpleasant. In contrast, some reviewers see the movie as having removed those things, with the result that it is nothing but positivity. This is a problem because positivity is most meaningful when it is contrasted with unpleasantness, both because that makes it truer to life and because that provides a sense of triumph when the first wins out over the latter. As a result, these reviewers see A Wrinkle in Time‘s narrative as lacking emotional weight in spite of its interesting set-up.

Another complaint involves the visual choices for A Wrinkle in Time. Simply put, some reviewers didn’t like the visuals of the movie, which they found to be uninspired and unimaginative. Something that is a huge letdown because speculative fiction rests upon that sense of wonder for much of its impact. On a related note, there were a fair number of reviewers who loathed the extensive use of CGI in the movie, which combined with the previous problem to worsen their opinion.

On the plus side, some reviewers have stated that the movie has some redeeming characteristics to it. For example, some of them have mentioned the strength of the relationships between the characters, which is a credit to the cast members as well as DuVernay’s capabilities in this regard. Unfortunately, these redeeming characteristics are not enough to make up for the problems. As a result, while A Wrinkle in Time might be an OK movie for kids, adults might want to keep their expectations for the movie at a somewhat lower level.

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