IT NewsA Wrinkle in Time review Even with Oprah its no fun

But then its time for the bad specialeffects again, and the three stars, and another round of wigs and couture costumes. And the trip goes off course.

Thats when the movie picks up. Theres a good scene in an outerspace suburb, where conformity is king, and another one on a nightmarish beach. Without the push to constantly create tons of CGI ntasy, DuVernay seems to relax and just let her characters breathe.

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A Wrinkle in Time review Even with Oprah, its no fun

When she makes her entrance, shes feet tall, The Amazing Colossal Oprah. And even though she eventually shrinks in stature, shes still too big for this movie parading slowly through her scenes like an empress, royally dispensing selfempowering mottoes and solemn words of wisdom.

Sure, the message of love and mily and selfesteem is good. The whole thing is bright and Disneyfied and filled with pop songs. Its got a huge marketing push behind it. Your kids are going to want to see it.

Its when DuVernay tries to get all that magic on the screen that things go wrong.

And although the script cuts some characters, it sticks to the original story, with Meg, her kid brother and a neighborhood boy searching the cosmos for Megs missing ther helped out by three immortal beings named Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit.

Do them, and yourself, a vor. Buy them the book instead.

With Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling. Oprah gets cosmic, and the charm of a childrens story gets lost. Director Ava DuVernay. . PG Scary s, mild violence. Area theaters.

Director Ava DuVernays version of the beloved childrens classic has a big cast and the best of intentions. Its socially progressive, racially erse and packed with positive messages.

Luckily, eventually the three beings step back and let the children played by the excellent Meg Reid and Deric McCabe, and the pleasant Levi Miller get on with their adventures.

Giving Meg a black mother or casting other parts with Hispanic or Filipino or Indian actors shouldnt be a big deal. It just makes the movie look more like America.

Mrs. Whatsit, played by Reese Witherspoon, at least gets to be a little sarcastic; Mrs. Who, played by Mindy Kaling, mostly sweetly smiles and quotes mous people. But Mrs. Which, played by Oprah Winfrey, is a disaster.

Its like a very special Oprah rerun but with towering blonde wigs, Reynolds Wrap lipstick and eyebrows made of Swarovski crystals.

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Actually, the script change that got the most attention the books , Meg, biracial is the easiest to take. Meg was never really described in the story anyway. We just knew she had glasses, hated her hair, and was .

A Wrinkle in Time review Even with Oprah, its no fun