A Wrinkle in Time

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Strenuously, almost painfully inspirational, Ava DuVernay’s take on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 sci-fi classic has an alive mind to it, but you’ll wish it would stop telling you once in a while. How could it not, with Oprah onboard? Winfrey plays our regal guide to the fantastic, Mrs.
Which: gigantic, benevolent, purring with advice. It’s not really acting for her. Still, this is a character whose bejeweled eyebrows change from scene to scene. DuVernay and her star are having so much fun with the character.

A Wrinkle in Time loses some of L’Engle’s braininess, as “tesseracting” time travel becomes less a consciousness-expanding journey than a yoga class in one scene. Elsewhere, this is a film that’s trying to wow you with phantasmagorical visuals at every turn: swaying gardens of gossiping flowers, Reese Witherspoon turning into a flying spinach leaf (words will never get you there), the spooky terrain of the evil IT.

No Hollywood film can ever solve the central problem of adapting this book, in that it inevitably does too much of the imagining for you. DuVernay makes a big-hearted go of it, though.

The bottom line
A spread of special effects and youtful charm.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

A Wrinkle in Time

  • Duration: 109
  • Released: Thu, 17 May
  • Language: English
  • Director: Ava DuVernay
  • Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon

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