What do you do when you love someone? What do you do when a memory is all you have left? For Meg Murray (Storm Reid), when she is tormented by thoughts from the loss of her father, she develops an emotional wall. It is this wall that has become part of her identity and a key trait that isolates her from classmates and would-be friends. All she has is her family, and she holds on tight, as if to prevent them from disappearing as her father does.
Overcoming grief is just one of many of the central themes in A Wrinkle in Time. There is adventure and self-self discovery amid a plot thick with mystery, philosophy, and cunning wit.
As a film adaptation of the popular children’s book by the same name, A Wrinkle in Time, while emotionally satisfying, suffers from the same fate that so many other adaptations do. Viewers familiar with the written narrative go into watching the film with preconceived notions. When the plot is not exact, when the dialogue changes, when the director takes artistic license, fans familiar with the book leave the theater disappointed. With that in mind, fans looking for a re-creation of the book in a way that set their imagination on fire decades before will feel short changed.
The best and, likely, the most enthusiastic fans for this film are viewers who have never read or heard about the book. This is not to say that only children will enjoy the film, because nothing could be more wrong. Adults and children alike will delight in the ups and downs of the characters’ adventures. Through the skill of beloved actors like Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which), Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit), and Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who), they weave a tale filled with as much heart and emotion as one might expect for a child who manages to find her father again.