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A wrinkle of disappointment

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A wrinkle of disappointment

"A Wrinkle in Time" holds star actresses such as Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling.

"A Wrinkle in Time" holds star actresses such as Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling.

"A Wrinkle in Time" holds star actresses such as Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling.

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Going into the film “A Wrinkle in Time,” I had little to no expectations. I actually did not wish to see the movie, but I wanted to get out of the house and this was my option. Upon watching the film, I feel it would have been more beneficial to stay home instead.

I had tried to read the novel to no avail. I was uninterested and unintrigued, and the movie was nearly the same.

The story line is quite interesting, although unoriginal, and the reason behind the disappearance of the father is not explained well at all. The science behind “traveling the universe” was not clearly explained except by spewing fancy physics terms, which, even having taken physics for two years, had no correlation.

I found the “fancy” physics explanations used throughout the film to be almost unintelligent, because it seemed that the screenwriter decided to think of whatever they had remembered from sixth grade science and put it in the film. The pattern of missing explanation repeated itself many times in the movie.

The film’s main selling points Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling’s characters were not thoroughly discussed, and I was confused where the Misses came from or the point of them. I have to agree with film director Stanley Kubrick on “A Wrinkle in Time”––it seems to be unfilmable.

Another point of contention is the dialogue. My sisters and I agreed that the dialogue in the film was incredibly cheesy and at some points cringey. The “boss battle” was basically the actress Storm Reid playing Meg saying “I love you” over and over to defeat an evil being, which seems unrealistic, but that may be from the novel.

However, my youngest sister has read “A Wrinkle in Time” and said the film is nothing like the book at all. Why film a book to film adaptation and then not follow the book? I think this was the film’s ultimate demise.

“A Wrinkle in Time” is a beloved book to many fans, and the movie is an extreme letdown in comparison.

Also, I found some scenes between the child actors and adults uncomfortable to watch. There is one scene where Reid lovingly touches her dad’s beard, played by Chris Pine, and then kisses his cheek, and I felt wrong watching that interaction. There was also weird moments throughout the film of Reid and Levi Miller’s character, Calvin, growing their flirtatious interactions, and all I wanted to do was look away. I understand the point of a love interest, but watching two twelve year olds staring deeply into each other’s eyes and nearly kiss is strange to me.

I’m not sure who the true audience of the movie is for. Some scenes are terrifying for young viewers, and too boring for adults to enjoy. I believe, for these reasons, the film is rated almost four stars out of ten on IMDB. Although the movie is star-packed and great for African-American representation, the plot and dialogue is underwhelming.

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