'A Wrinkle in Time' Review: Disney Trips on a Tesseract

While her bad acting won't impact the - just kidding - upcoming presidential campaign, Oprah's and her co-stars deliver their lines with all the sincerity of a cranky store clerk telling you to have a nice day. The film goes some dark places, as all the best children's films do, but its honest and genuine message will resonate with children who are going through these same feelings.

BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Meg Murry is 13 - a precocious 13, which makes sense when you meet her parents.

In 1962 American Writer Madeleine L'Engle published the novel, A Wrinkle in Time.

"There hasn't been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to", he says. Mr. Murry's work involved the theory of multiple universes to which he devoted his life wanting to "Shake hands with the stars", but that's all she knew about him.

Actor Mindy Kaling fits that bill. Mindy Kaling appeared on The Late Show Thursday to promote Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. Which feels right, and Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit almost steals the show with her wacky lines. The film stars Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, the eldest of the three. Seeing a biracial Meg, as she is in the movie, must be powerful for the girls of today and the women whose fictional role models didn't look like them. Along with her prodigy of a younger brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and her schoolyard crush, Calvin (Levi Miller), Meg travels through a wrinkle in space-time to rescue her father from a monster before he's lost forever.

This big-budget adaptation of the children's sci-fi classic "A Wrinkle in Time" is moving, didactic, imaginative, and bloated, all at the same time.

"I think when you're a stand-up comic, you have a... not a chip on your shoulder, but that's where you come from and to be involved in such a big, big movie like this, it makes me..." Galifianakis got choked up when he spoke about working with DuVernay and his castmates. So I really had to step into her shoes and become her, because I hadn't gone through the experience, so I really put my creative input into her.

His remarks touched on the importance of boys and young men seeing alternate images of masculinity. But in the end, the movie finds its happy medium. Which is amusing, because watching the newest movie adaptation of the book made me feel like a kid again.

The visual resplendence outpaces the emotional pull in this ambitious but overwrought fantasy saga from director Ava DuVernay (Selma) that's mildly charming as a tribute to childhood innocence and female empowerment, yet muddled as a tale of resilience, redemption, and the power of imagination. That's a cool thing, but it could also feel like a big responsibility.

Meg starts off her journey really down on herself. We could tell by their squeals.

At 11, I pretty much had the book memorized. They instead did nothing for me except make me check my phone for the time.

If you want to know more about this version, you can sample a few more clips on YouTube, like the one where Meg answers the call of duty or this fanmade music video set to Lifehouse's "Hanging by a Moment." It was imaginative, colorful and had just the right sprinkle of science fiction.

  • Salvatore Jensen