A Wrinkle in Time
First screened in March 2018
Director: Ava DuVernay. Cast: Storm Reid, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller, Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard, Will McCormack, Yvette Cason, voice of David Oyelowo. Screenplay: Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell (based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engle). Twitter Capsule:
Ambitious, with high peaks, but downplays Ava's gifts for distillation. Fusses most with what should be simplest.
Figures of wonder and light seem belabored, including the Mrs's and CGI-heavy paradise. The darkness makes stronger, unsettling impressions.
For adults, emotional complexities open near the end. For kids, it's notably complex throughout. Not all of it pans out, but it takes risks.
Might have made more disciplined decisions about set-pieces, visuals, effects, etc., though I appreciate a family movie that's not docile or simple.