There has to be a guideline when adapting an novel into a film. The adaptation must be true to the message of the novel in order to please the audiences. That however is not the case with this film adaptation. Today Nostalgia Critic has reviewed “A Wrinkle in Time” with a mixed reception. He sees the film as unfocused because all the great ideas and performances don’t mesh well in this film.
This film is about a little girl who misses her scientist father, that has been gone for five years after discovering a new planet. With the help of her brother and a new friend, she goes out to find him. Along their journey, they meet three astral travelers who know how the little girl’s father traveled to a new planet through the method of using a tesseract. As the journey begins to unfold in this new planet, danger starts to unfold in many forms.
What I see in this film is a lack of liveliness. There is no cinematic plot to transform the great ideas into good performances. The performances from the child actors range from too whimsical, or to uninspired to convey emotion for the audience to care. From the adult actors such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, or Mindy Kaling, the performances come off as unintentionally awkward, annoying, or pretentious. While the effects could look somewhat decent in certain areas, they come across as too uncanny or shiny to look realistic.
It is a shame that the fans of the original book would never receive a well executed adaption in a lifetime. With this one and the 2003 tv film, this book is unlucky both in the small and big screens. I give this film 2.5 out of 5 stars due to the poor execution and the failure of fully engaging the audience.