Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
Release Date: June 5, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. Based on the timeless classic and filled with spectacle, warmth and heart, this celebrated film follows an ordinary girl’s epic adventure and brave journey to save her family, with the ultimate triumph of love. Featuring an all-star cast including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine, and eye-popping action—it’s fun for the whole family!
Based on the famous bestselling novel, Disney’s film adaption of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ follows a young and awkward girl whose life has become increasingly difficult after the numerous painful events and torment suffered over the past few years. Intent to save her family and rescue her beloved father who inexplicably vanished years prior, this brave young girl accompanied by her little brother and a new friend (along with some wise guidance in the form of three magical women) set out on an unimaginable quest filled with magic, wonder and danger to track down and bring him home. Directed by Ava DuVernay and featuring a noteworthy cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña, Chris Pine and Storm Reid, along with more, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a moving, magical and thrilling adventure into the unknown for the whole family.
I should note that I’ve never personally had the pleasure of reading the famous book that serves as its basis (or at least its inspiration) and am therefore unable to compare the tone and other elements such as the vast differences many report existing between the two (and the few directly mentioned in the some of the interviews included in the extras) so my opinion of the film is based solely on the film itself. That being said, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ really isn’t a terrible movie. It has plenty of positive elements in its favor, such as stunning visuals, an interesting concept that should easily grab the attention of most, as well as tackling some real life problems that too many individuals can undoubtedly relate to. It’s far from perfect though and certainly suffers its share of problems such as some slower moments that may have trouble keeping the attention of many viewers and a lack of accompanying information in many areas that can lead to some confusion at times. Yet at its core one can’t disregard the powerful messages, plenty of truly warmhearted moments and a slew of breathtaking visual beauty. While many adults will probably enjoy it at least to an extent, I feel as if the younger audience is bound to have a much more rewarding experience with ‘A Wrinkle in Time’. Aside from a few mildly scary moments and some bullying elements that are by no means glorified or unaddressed, it shouldn’t have much in the way of questionable content liable to upset parents, and at the same time serves up plenty that somewhat younger viewers are likely to thoroughly appreciate and quite possibly even want to revisit.
Overall, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a fairly entertaining, sweet and at times incredibly heartwarming magical adventure into the unfamiliar that’s also plagued by its share of issues. The film is definitely geared far more to younger audiences and as such obviously won’t be for everyone, although I would still recommend it to anyone that’s already interested, as well as to the homes with kids eager to see it. Still, I would strongly suggest renting it prior to purchasing a copy of the Blu-ray release if possible for those who haven’t yet seen the movie as many of the adult viewers (and even some of the older kids) may not be too fond of it, let alone overly inclined to revisit it down the road. Nonetheless it should still make a solid selection for a family movie night rental at the very least for those anxious to check it out.
The Blu-ray release of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole and delivers a sharp and detailed presentation that does a magnificent job of capturing the richly colored, visual beauty so frequently on prominent display; while also holding up admirably during the darkly lit and fast moving moments and never allowing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty wonderful high definition video presentation that looks consistently great from start to finish and should have little trouble pleasing fans of the film.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, crisp and quite hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It frequently takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to send shifting rooms and areas booming with activity, along with nature elements and plenty more throughout the various speakers whenever fitting and always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean full audible. Overall, this is an enjoyable and active 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes plenty of additional fun to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ includes a few noteworthy extras that fans of the film should appreciate. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Ava DuVernay, Producer Jim Whitaker, Co-writer Jennifer Lee, Production Designer Naomi Shohan and more’, in addition to the behind the scenes Featurette ‘A Journey Through Time’ (running approximately 30 minutes in length) which explores the process of bringing the film to life and includes behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus more. We’re also treated to a few ‘Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Ava DuVernay’ (running approximately 10 minutes altogether), plus ‘Bloopers’ (approximately 90 seconds) and ‘2 Music Videos’: ‘”I Believe” Performed by DJ Khaled Featuring Demi Lovato’ (approximately 4 minutes) and ‘”Warrior” Performed by Chloe X Halle’ (4 minutes).