After the psychedelic experiences and racial diversity of Black Panther, Disney brings us another film with psychedelic experiences and racial diversity in the form of A Wrinkle in Time. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel and directed by Ava DuVernay, this film is a vibrant, engaging adaptation filled with diversity, fancy costumes and special effects that will take you to a whole new world. Or should that be worlds, considering this is essentially a trip around different dimensions in the universe.
Newcomer Storm Reid is Meg Murry, a girl whose scientist father (a grizzly Chris Pine) has been missing for four years after discovering the ability to ‘tesser’ or create portals into different worlds and dimensions (a bit like the Tesseract/Space Stone in Avengers Assemble), leading to her becoming frustrated and grumpy – until her peppy younger brother, Deric McCabe’s Charles Wallace, meets three celestial beings, Mrs Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs Which (Oprah Winfrey). Together, they guide Meg, Charles and their friend Calvin (Pan’s Levi Miller) through the universe to save Dr Murry and stop darkness from consuming the world and bringing out the dark sides of people, encountering new dimensions which are colourful, out-of-this-world and as extraordinary as Avatar and the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, even if they do come across as slightly creepy. Reid delivers a convincing, engaging performance as Meg, while McCabe is not just peppy and enthusiastic as Charles, he is also assertive and powerful and Witherspoon, Kaling and Winfrey are well cast as their respective celestial characters. All of these, along with the surprisingly easy-to-follow storyline and messages of self-worth, have made this film adaptation an engaging watch.