A Wrinkle In Time: The Must-See Movie Over Spring Break
By Jennifer Wattley
It’s been many years since I’ve read Madeleine L’Engle’s now classic novel A Wrinkle In Time. When it was first announced that a new film version was coming, helmed by the incredible Ava DuVernay, I was beyond thrilled, though I honestly couldn’t remember much of the book from my childhood.
I did a re-read prior to seeing the film, and although the adaptation isn’t perfect (L’Engle’s Wrinkle is much darker than any Disney film would probably attempt to be, I imagine), I thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie experience.
I’m not a film critic, so I can’t speak to anything other than my experience as a film viewer and not as a technical viewer. It was a gorgeous spectacle. The music, the scenery, the costumes, and the Oprah of it all, left me spellbound. I cried basically from start to finish the two times I saw this movie.
For me, I wish I’d seen someone like Meg (Storm Reid) on screen when I was a child. I think the impact of that would’ve been immeasurable for me in my formative years. And even though this film is firmly a kid’s film, my shipper heart would not rest until it found something to ship, and boy did it ever!
I’m sure a lot of people who’ve seen the film swooned a little over Meg and Calvin (Levi Miller), and I did, too, but I’m firmly #TeamAdult when it comes to full-fledged shipping. My heart was won over in moments—and it truly is moments—by Drs. Alex and Kate Murry, Meg’s parents.
In case you don’t know, Meg is on a journey across the universe to save her father, Dr. Alex Murry, from the ‘It’ that rules over Camazotz, the place where all evil is spun out into the universe. In DuVernay’s Wrinkle, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) and Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) are separated for the majority of the film, with the exception of some key flashbacks.
It’s in those flashbacks that my love for this couple is born.
It’s due in large part to the undeniable chemistry between Pine and Mbatha-Raw that I so believe in the love story between this couple who barely shares screen time with one another. Before Meg, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and Calvin set off across the universe with the Mrs, Kate and Charles Wallace regale Calvin with the story of how she and Alex met. (In college! She was his tutor! Is this not just the dreamiest of romance novel tropes?)
To me, this film is so important because it’s quite simply about the power of love to overcome darkness. My need to ship a couple aside, the love that’s displayed—unerringly—in this beautiful family is something I feel is so desperately necessary in a world that’s utterly divided.
There hasn’t been a scene from a film so far this year that’s touched me quite as much as the scenes between Meg and Alex, and Kate and Alex. You could feel every ounce of emotion at their tender and loving reunions. It makes my heart ache to just think about it.
This film, at its very core, isn’t about all the technical effects, the spectacular costumes, or even the Oprah of it all. The message of A Wrinkle In Time is the unerring power of love to fight the darkness, and for me, there’s not a better time in the galaxy to hear this message.
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Jen knows more musical theatre trivia than anyone has the right to, thinks fake dating is the best trope, and is a Thai food aficionado.
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