REVIEW: “A Wrinkle in Time” is a charming film

Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” a film based on Madeleine L’Engle’s children’s novel of the same name, was released last Friday.

The movie tells the story of Meg, the child protagonist, as she and her friends save her dad from the evil forces of the universe.

The film is best described as colorful, whimsical and pleasant. Everything from flying flowers, sequin eyebrows and catapulting tree stumps are represented. Picturesque scenes make up a large part of the setting, as Meg and her friends travel from planet to planet on their way to the evil planet of Camazotz where her dad is imprisoned.

While it is a visually pleasing film, it is definitely geared towards younger children. The evil character, portrayed by Michael Pena, is only minorly imposing with his red eyes and fake smile. Any suspense or sorrow transitions extremely quickly into a sentimental and often cheesy resolution that supports the values of self-acceptance and undeniable love.

The most remarkable aspect of the film is its famous actors. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling all portray characters similar to guardian angels. Their numerous costumes, which are all elaborate, glittery and unearthly works of art, are one of the most memorable parts of the movie.

As is the case with many movies based on books, some parts of the original story are missing or modified to accomodate for the time restraint–the film was less than two hours long. The plot was simplified in some ways, but the film remained faithful to the essence of the story.

What it lacks in complexity is made up by the successfully executed artistic feat of creating a whimsical world fit for billion-year-old guardian angels and cave-dwelling seers.

In general, “A Wrinkle in Time” is a very charming film. Because it is relatively simple, it will probably not leave a lasting impression, but the feel-good vibes are definitely worth experiencing.