Cursed with a hollow, vapid, platitudinous script, bludgeoning narrative “A Wrinkle in Time” is a lackluster, uninspiring attempt at a geometric, morality play. Director Ava DuVernay’s exceedingly ambitious rendition of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 book focuses on “Meg Murry’s” (Storm Reid), her brother, “Charles Wallace Murry” (Deric McCabe), and friend “Calvin O’Keefe” (Levi Miller) quest for her father, scientist “Dr.Alex Murry” (Chris Pine), trapped on an alternate planet, dominated by the powers of malevolence. Three ethnically correct muses, placidly depicted by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey, ignite the rescue mission, fueled by stunning cinematography, special effects and mathematical equations, but suffocating the primary goal of the film; recognition, awareness, acceptance of one’s worth and role in life.
Problematic, is the overwhelming, mean-spirited, cruelness exhibited by Charles Wallace in his “bewitched” stage; Deric McCabe’s Jekyll/Hyde depiction is riveting and terrifying simultaneously.
“A Wrinkle in Time” and its exploration of the fifth dimension (tesseract), is infused with good intentions; its outcome, a disconcerting, tiresome waste of “time”.
ONE & 1/2 STARS!