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Oh, so disappointing...
I'm not as articulate as many of the other reviewers here on IMDb. Not as well read, nor is it likely I've seen as many movies as they have (I've only got 887 movies in my Watchlist, though it's not a complete list). Still, I am skilled enough to say that this movie is bad. Not sorta bad, not kinda bad, but wretchedly bad. It takes reasonably good actors and has them acting badly, reading badly written lines and behaving in completely illogical ways (and I don't mean when under the influence of Ig's horns). I was already on the fence about the book (YES, I read the book), but I hoped the movie would transcend the amateurishly written source material. It did not. And that's too bad. Because the STORY is a good story. Just everything about how it's been told sucks.
A Wrinkle in Time (2003)
I've never even read the book...
I've never any of the "A Wrinkle in Time" books, though they are on my "To read" list, and still this movie felt homogenized/cleaned up to me. The acting was rather good (Alfre Woodard and her wig were pretty fabulous) and the SFX were as expected for what is essentially a TV movie. But the whole thing just seemed OFF. It seemed as though remnants of scenes and plot points were all over the place, orphaned by the need to create a mass appeal movie. Of course the good thing is I want to read the book sooner, rather than later! So, watch the movie, it's a good bit of fluff. Kids may go glassy eyed at the "love" stuff and philosophizing, but it's good family fare.
Still, READ THE BOOK!