A Wrinkle in Time (2004)
Frozen co-screenwriter/co-director Jennifer Lee adapts Madeleine L'Engle beloved sci-fi novel for the silver screen in this Disney production from producers Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand.
as Meg Murry
as Mrs. Whatsit
as Mrs. Which
as Mrs. Who
as Aunt Beast
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Critic Reviews for A Wrinkle in Time
Audience Reviews for A Wrinkle in Time
An adequate telling of the kids fantasy sci-fi adventure. The direction could've been more interesting. CGI effects tainted some of the scenes. The music was good. I think the flat camera direction and editing could've been more dynamic to make the story more exciting.More
Only love can defeat the darkness. What a wonderfully Disney idea. Personally, I think the darkness looked a lot like New Jersey. This movie is based on an old novel, one that many of us read in school. While Disney tried to adapt it to the big screen, they failed miserably. This movie was way too long and confusing for kids. Even I had a hard time sitting through it. Katie Stuart gives a tremendous performance as Meg, but sadly it was the only note worthy performance. Gregory Smith, one of my favorite young actors, was quite bland, the three ladies were just ridiculously Disneified, and David Dorfman, while adorable, was very repetative. I usually love when old fairytales and Sciene Fiction novels come to life on the big screen, but this was really one I could have done without.More
For a movie that isn't even that old, I am surprised at how poor the special effects are. I'm not sure if the movie does the book justice but I think that most of this was cheesy. There were some good parts but most of it was just sort of lame. Great acting however.More
Before Phillip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan, there was Madeleine L'Engle, one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers who made a classic known as "A Wrinkle in Time", a captivating and distinctive children's novel that treated us like adults. Before she died in 2007, her book was translated into a TV movie from Disney in 2004 (seven years ago) starring Katie Stuart, Gregory Smith, David Dorfman, Kate Nelligan, Allison Elliot and Alfre Woodard.
I've read the book after seeing this and I think it was a very wonderful adaptation. It's not great, perse, but it was actually faithful to the book.
Apparently, I do have some problems with this film. The storyline has a few flaws including the characterization of Mrs. Which, the town of Camazotz being unterrifying, and Dennys and Sandy Murry's personalities being changed. The CGI effects were kind of mediocre (not good, but not terrible) and the pacing was just plain awful.
There are a few good things, however. The characters' performances were very fantastic when it comes to an A-Cast. The storyline was well-developed as well as Meg Murry's character growth it gives the characters enough screentime and the visuals were very amazing. Jeff Danna's music score was emotive and innovative and the christian message about the power of love was actually faithful.
A Wrinkle in Time lacks in any depth due to its flaws, but its, without doubt, a faithful adaptation of a great novel. I was shocked to see that lots of people hated it for not being translated into theaters. To those who love/hate it, there's some good news that Disney plans to remake the novel due to the success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
Long story short: A really good TV movie and it's worth seeing.
A Wrinkle in Time Quotes
- Meg Murry:
- Charles Wallace is not the only one new.
- Mrs. Whatsit:
- In all the one of who you are now. In the glory of everything you are becoming. In all that you feel, you have something the darkness does not have. Can never have, my darling.
- Meg Murry:
- What? What is it?
- Mrs. Whatsit:
- It is only yours if you find it for yourself.
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