A Wrinkle in Time opens next friday. the film is based on a children's book of the same name. Ava DuVernay directed this adaptation, which follows Meg Murry and her brother as they search for their missing father, accompanied by a friend.
for those who havent read the book, it's a story about a scientist (played in this adaptation by Chris Pine) who goes missing after an experiment, taken prisoner by 'The Black Thing' and has to be rescued by the three children mentioned above.
there is a reason that hollywood doesn't adapt many science fiction books. science fiction is widely considered unfilmable. that's the reason that the 2003 wrinkle in time movie turned out disappointing, just like the 2018 release.
this movies fatal flaw is staying too true to its source material. the novel started with the sentence 'It was a dark and stormy night', and DuVernay decided to start the film with a title card showing the same sentence. and then three more titlecards, with the next four paragraphs of the first chapter. I was surprised that over half of the movie was composed of inner monologues, but instead of narration, the film makes us read small white text hanging over the character's heads.
this made the film a little confusing to follow, and the movie slips farther downstream when its main antagonist arrives, 'The Black Thing' looks like a black dot they CG'd in. seriously, its just a dot. Check out this press image:
all in all A Wrinkle in Time is one of those february releases you should pass on. not worth the price of admission.
Five out of Five Stars