A Wrinkle in Time (2004)
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Critic Reviews for A Wrinkle in Time
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...like a typical Disney product. It is lightweight, saccharine, rather slow going most of the way, and somewhat simplistic in its motifs.
Audience Reviews for A Wrinkle in Time
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. 3.5/5
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.
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.
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