I didn’t read the book.
I wonder if I should have before I saw this movie because then I would’ve known what to expect. Did I like the movie? Honestly, I did like the movie. Did I want more? Honestly, I did want more.
This Wrinkle in Time movie is Ava DuVernay’s interpretation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel that is created for children. I went to the movies with that in mind. From what I’ve read, the book is about a family of scientist where weirdness is the norm. It apparently centers around Meg Murry (Storm Reid) who is the daughter of two scientists who have been studying how to visit other planest using your mind, a process called tessering.
Meg’s father, Mr. Murry (Chris Pine) finds the frequency to tesser to into the universe and leaves his family for four years. During these four years, Meg misses him terribly and shuts herself out from the rest of the world.
Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), Meg’s younger brother, who is a young genius makes friends with 3 women, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) who help them tesser into the universe to find their dad.
The story starts to unfold with the adventures they have in these different universes.
3 Easy Lessons Anyone Can Learn from a Wrinkle in Time
I appreciated the lessons the movie gave out in the form of fabulous one-liners. I am a person who looks for the lessons in life because I’m always in learn mode. In this movie there so many one-liners that people could take and learn from.
Love rules over fear (and negativity).
In a Wrinkle in Time, there is this negative force they call the ‘IT’, and its growing by the minute. If it attaches itself to you, it’s hard to stop its power. But guess what, its possible! Nothing is permanent. Love & positivity are forces that can combat evil.
Being negative could have a major impact on your life.
The movie gives you glimpse into people lives that don’t have the most positive attitudes. My children and I discussed if they recognized seeing similar people in their day to day lives with a similar disposition. People who are always negative or have more bad things to say than good bring down the room. I teach my children to see the good in everything or at least recognize your attitude and actions before you speak.
It honestly seems like from birth, negativity is pushed into our face. Negativity is everywhere and bad behavior seems to get the most attention. Negative actions spread, but it’s possible to be a light in the midst of darkness if you have the courage to stand out. It’s crazy how you have to work to be positive. Work to believe good, speak good, and do good.
What Did I Want to See More of?
A more detailed ending
I had so many questions when the movie ended. I wish Mr. Murry would have explained to his wife what happened when he tessered and some of the things he was able to experience. It would have been nice to see a news story about his miraculous return and show him discussing the future of tessering with the scientific community.
More story to be told
With Meg’s issues at school and personal life, it would have been great to see how her experience in the universe helped her transition into a different person. Or a person more aware that her faults are what make her beautiful. So many questions.
Based on past experiences, I know that the book is always better than the movie. This time, I just wondered should I’ve read it to get my meaning behind some the questions I left the theatre with.
My children and I discussed this movie the entire way home. The good, bad and not so good. I’m glad that they can now see a movie and express what they loved and what didn’t go over so well. I might let them write my next movie review.
Did you see Wrinkle in Time? What are your thoughts? I believe the biggest takeaway of all is, you can do anything you put your mind to.
Here a fun printable for your children to color. Have fun!