When I first saw the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time I knew I just had to see it. Peyton, on the other hand, was a little more hesitant. Peyton thought there were parts of the movie that was a little too dark for her but I had a feeling she would love this movie. So I kept coaxing her. And when the day of the screening arrived she agreed to go! So now, I’m going to share both of our thoughts on A Wrinkle in Time, without any spoilers.
We both agreed this was a great family film but intended more for 2nd graders and up. It’s nearly 2 hours long and has a lot of talking. It’s a movie that is thought-provoking, has depth and deals with emotions. Not saying a younger child wouldn’t enjoy it but from our personal experience, we feel they may get a little bored.
The humor is light throughout the movie. It comes and goes but there was nothing that made us really laugh. Though, I will admit I had a few smirks at some of the comments that came from Mrs. Whatsit. She’s a hoot to watch. She reminded me of the child with no filter that takes things literally. She tells it how it is, in a polite way but with no filter. For example – if you said so and so was dead to you, Mrs. Whatsit would go over and pinch or push the person to see if they were really dead and then inform you that you were mistaken.
I also love the overall message of A Wrinkle in Time. Love is more powerful than hate but love cannot exist where hate is. I know they refer to love as light and hate as darkness. The way it was presented was perfect for little ones to relate to. Peyton couldn’t stop talking about it on the drive home and she had so many questions. She was trying to relate the movie to her life and relationships with those around her and she has some profound insights.
The acting is the movie is spectacular. Oprah Winfrey gets to wear some of the most beautiful dresses and her hair is styled differently in every screen. Peyton’s favorite part of Oprah’s character were her eyebrows. She thought they were so cool! Reese Weatherspoon was the perfect Mrs. Whatsit. She delivered a flawless performance as an innocent, matter of fact character that everyone wants to hang out with. Mindy Kahlin as Mrs. Who was a perfect casting call. She delivered her lines with perfection and Peyton loved her hair in the movie. Storm Reid was an outstanding choice for the lead. We both felt her pain, when she was sad we were sad, she was able to make you feel her need for finding her father. And we were right there cheering her on in the dark moments and rejoicing with her in the triumphs.
A Wrinkle in Time was not only an entertaining movie but it also was a thought-provoking movie. It’s a movie, in my opinion, that the school’s should bring and use as a teaching tool. It’s a great way to foster a productive conversation with children filled with emotions and situations they can talk about, relate to and express themselves in. I know I have already talked to our school about this.
If you are looking for a family-friendly movie, that will leave you feeling good and will foster a healthy family discussion this is the movie. And here’s a fun little A Wrinkle In Time Fortune Teller you can download and make with your child. It’s a great way to talk about the movie and have a little fun.
A Wrinkle in Time is now playing nationwide at theaters everywhere. Check your local theaters for times.