A Wrinkle in Time is the latest from Walt Disney Studios. This much-anticipated film is an adaption of the well-known book. After seeing the film, I will strongly say that this film is needed in our current times.
A Wrinkle in Time Film Review – We Need This Film NOW
Our world has become a place of argument, fear, and judgment. Social Media is somewhere that we love to share our lives but it also can easily fall us into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. Our faults are transparent when we only see what we wish we could be. A Wrinkle in Time has been released at a moment that we absolutely need this movie. Our children need this movie. We need this movie.
“But of course we can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” ― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time.
I will honestly say that I can see this film either being loved or hated but before you go into this with a closed mind, I beg you to please keep both your heart and your spirit open for this one. Prior to the screening, those of us at the event received a message from the director (Ava DuVernay). She let us in on her directing of this film from the standpoint of her 12-year-old self. She urged us to open ourselves up and go back to when we were 11-years-old, 12-years-old.
If you think about it, the age of 12 is a very a delicate time for children. I believe that as time goes on, the delicacy of childhood is becoming even younger. Remember that time in your life when you began doubting yourself? “Adulting” was becoming something very real. We feared ourselves, which made us fear others. We either hid from others or found ourselves lashing out in order to cover our own faults. Sadly, those aspects of life probably haven’t changed much. As adults, we doubt ourselves and some are still cruel to those they envy or wish to control.
A Wrinkle in Time on-screen hit me so emotionally that I left exhausted, in the best way possible. This film will affect those who have an open heart to it. The message is crucial in our time here on earth.
Is A Wrinkle in Time for Younger Audience Members?
In short, I will say that there some very intense scenes in this film. I saw it on IMAX and thought that perhaps the reason I was so shaken was that I was so immersed. After sharing our review on Facebook Live, I found that my friend Ashley from A Cup of Charming had seen the film on a standard movie theatre screen. She agreed that there are some incredibly dark scenes in the movie. I will leave it up to the discretion of parents but it is something to be aware of. I think anyone 11-years-old and up will do just fine, however; younger viewers might be a little frightened. Please, do not let this detour you from seeing the film.
Will A Wrinkle in Time Shake You?
Absolutely. A Wrinkle in Time will shake you to the very core if you let it. I think that every young-adult and adult needs to see this film. I had a hard time getting off that Oprah was so “Oprah” in this film but I loved her for it. She was wise and inspiring as always. Mrs. Which was meant to be performed by Oprah.
There is a point in the film where the three warriors, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin must go on their own way to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from IT. Mrs. Whatsit leaves Meg with the gift of her faults. This, of course, takes Meg back a bit. But you see? This is where we pivot in the story.
As young adults, we began seeing our faults before our faith in ourselves. Charles Wallace is trusting, ready for action but he is still a young child. Meg is a young-adult and beginning to see herself as what she “should be” instead of all of the amazing things that she is. Faults and all. Without our faults, we are not who we are.
We Need A Wrinkle in Time
We can either use our faults as light or we can use them to begin to hate ourselves and in turn spread darkness to others as we strive to cover those faults. I had read once that we tend to get upset with people who either have something in them that we want or those that have the same faults we do. It is so true. In this story, we get a glimpse into this. We see how others struggle who we would think was perfect.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
These struggles can define us and how we define others but they don’t have to. If we choose to let the light in instead of the darkness and see that light in others too, the world would be such a better place. Everyone struggles somewhere in life and we cannot truly accept everyone for who they are until we do that for ourselves. The ripple effect of light begins within and A Wrinkle in Time is just the film to start that ripple. We need A Wrinkle in Time right here, right now.
A Wrinkle in Time is a visually phenomenal film with breathtaking views and costuming. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, and the other amazing actors of this film are each perfect for their role. Reid was incredible in her emotional moments of the film leaving us with exactly how we would feel in every emotion after losing a loved one and finding them again. She left me in tears.
Please, go see A Wrinkle in Time with your family. Our children need to hear this. We need to hear this. Keep your heart open and your spirit aware. Keep it childlike. Our actions affect those around us and it begins inside of us. We didn’t have greats on this earth just for nothing. Be a warrior.
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