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A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

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After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Director:

Ava DuVernay

Writers:

Jennifer Lee (screenplay by), Jeff Stockwell (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Storm Reid ... Meg
Oprah Winfrey ... Mrs. Which
Reese Witherspoon ... Mrs. Whatsit
Mindy Kaling ... Mrs. Who
Levi Miller ... Calvin
Deric McCabe ... Charles Wallace
Chris Pine ... Mr. Murry
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Mrs. Murry
Zach Galifianakis ... Happy Medium
Michael Peña ... Red
André Holland ... Principal Jenkins
Rowan Blanchard ... Veronica Kiley
Bellamy Young ... Camazotz Woman
David Oyelowo ... The It (voice)
Conrad Roberts ... Elegant Man
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Storyline

Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg's father's disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings - Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.

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Be a warrior


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wrinkle in Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,123,609, 11 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,478,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$132,675,864
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Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Auro 11.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Camazotz is named after a demonic god in the mythology of the Mayans. See more »

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In several scenes, Meg's glasses do not have any lenses in them. See more »

Quotes

Calvin: You know, you have great hair!
Meg: What? No, I don't. Please don't say that.
Calvin: Okay!
[pause]
Calvin: I had a great time. Your mom is insanely nice.
[Veronica looks out her window]
Calvin: Your house is warm. Smells good and is full of... I don't know what. It's amazing!
Meg: It's far from amazing. My mom's upstairs in her room preparing for yet another parent-teacher conference for her delinquent daughter.
Meg: [sees Veronica staring at Meg and Calvin out her window and sighs] Oh now, not now. Come here!
[...]
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Flower of the Universe (No I.D. Remix)
Written and Produced by Sade (as Sade Adu), Ben Travers, and Andrew Hale
Performed by Sade
Remixed by No I.D.
Sade appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Strike 2
18 March 2018 | by BillyFromSoddyDaisySee all my reviews

I was excited when this was announced as this was one of my favorite books growing up and I still enjoy re-reading this series. However, I also kept saying "I hope Disney doesn't screw this up again," after the travesty TV version they made in the early 2000s.

Lo and behold, they managed to screw it up again.

Let's start with the few bright spots (and calling them bright spots is even generous). First, I did enjoy the visual depiction of the tesseract. Also, the casting was pretty good. Storm Reid was well cast as Meg, and Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which were also portrayed well, despite that they drastically downplayed Mrs. Which's character.

Now, the bad (and there is a lot of bad). Mrs. Whatsit was changed into a completely negative character who seemed completely inept and pessimistic. Important points in the book (Ixiel and Aunt Beast, for example) were completely ignored and given only cursory mentions so fleeting that you barely even notice it. The Man with Red Eyes is turned into marionette who literally collapses on screen. I get that in the novel he was a "puppet" of IT, but the depiction in the movie was laughable. The ridiculous storm scene when they first arrive on Camazotz came out of nowhere and was so ridiculously portrayed. First, they're struggling to find Charles Wallace, then they go through this ridiculous storm sequence, and when they make it over this wall (which again, was nowhere in the source material), that concern for Charles Wallace is completely gone until he pops out of nowhere saying "here I am." And are Meg and Calvin relieved to see him? Nope. It's more like "meh, okay." The movie completely left out how Calvin and Dr. Murray got back from Camazotz. All of a sudden, they're just back. Poof, no explanation.

I get that certain stories require work to adapt: I didn't get particularly outraged with some of the changes "Prince Caspian" and "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" made in the Narnia series because those were short novels whose structure required adaption to make them cinematic. I wasn't necessarily pleased with all of them, but given the structure of the books, it was understandable that some work had to be done. "A Wrinkle in Time" was different. It's a very linear story which already was very cinematic and could easily translate itself from page to screen. But instead of a faithful adaption, the filmmakers decided to ignore 90% of the source material.

Strike 2, Disney. You've now screwed this same story up twice.


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