It’s Day 278 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited that I got to see Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and that I can share a review of the movie with you. I’ve been a book nerd since I learned to read at the age of three, and by the time I was in middle school, I absolutely devoured novels. Second only to Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson, which was written the same year I was born – 1969, A Wrinkle in Time, written by Madeline L’Engle in 1962, is an all-time favorite children’s novel. Given my love of books, it was no surprise that I became a school teacher. With the exception of Kindergarten and 4th grade, I taught every grade and loved them all. Still, there was something special about teaching Middle School and 6th grade in particular. Heeding my Teaching Children’s Literature professor’s admonition that it was a crime to bore children with bad books when there were so many great ones from which to choose, I of course turned to this classic, which was awarded the Newberry award for the “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature” in 1963 (Bridge to Terabithia also won). Exposing my 6th graders to A Wrinkle in Time was a highlight every school year. Watching even the most reluctant readers become entranced by the words on the pages was magical, as was being transported on the adventure unfolding on the big screen tonight.
The science fantasy is the saga of a troubled middle school-age sister Meg, an early elementary-age prodigy brother, Charles Wallace, and a popular middle-school friend, Calvin, whose life isn’t as perfect as it first seems, all on a quest to find the siblings’ missing scientist father. Mr. Murry disappeared while researching time travel, leaving behind a confused wife and bereft children. Though I haven’t read the book in years, the plot remained true enough to the original that memory kicked in and I recalled much of the storyline. The adventure starts out on Earth but then visits numerous fictitious planets as the children, along with celestial beings, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling) “tesser” from one location to the next on their search. In a true battle of light vs. darkness, all of the characters are faced with internal and external struggles that ultimately mean their journey is also one of self-discovery and proof that love can overcome hatred.
Stunning cinematography, a star studded cast, and stellar performances from all make this a great film. But I must say it was Storm Reid, who played Meg, who stole the show. At only fourteen, she was able to portray defiance, stubbornness, vulnerability, devotion, loyalty, self-doubt, and such raw sacrificial love that it took my breath away. She reminds me of Zendaya and I’m excited to see what she’ll do in the future.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose reader, I have to admit I was afraid that Hollywood might not get this right. I’m relieved to say they did. My only criticism is I feel the thematic content is too emotionally wrenching for children under thirteen. It’s rated PG, however, the separation of the family and the battle against the evil force may be overwhelming to some children…On the other hand, I absolutely love the portrayal of strong women in the movie and give A Wrinkle in Time a positive movie review.
Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check it out.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach