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— by Donna Gustafson PARENT PREVIEWS – Making Media Entertainment An Easier Choice For Families A Wrinkle in Time PG OVERALL RATING: B- WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Released on DVD: June 5, 2018 VIOLENCE: (B-) Infrequent portrayals of verbal bullying and exclusion of a child at school. A child deliberately throws a ball at another child’s face. Within a fantasy context, children are in situations where they cannot trust adults; during this period an adult character convinces a young child to follow him, later the child exhibits changed behavior and is hostile toward others. Characters are thrown about by others who have metaphysical forces. Child characters are in peril and separated from parents. A child falls but is saved prior to reaching the ground. SEXUAL CONTENT: (A-­) It is implied an adult female character is momentarily naked, no details are seen. A married man and woman kiss. Characters embrace. LANGUAGE: (A-) Some name calling is heard between children at school. ALCOHOL / DRUG USE: (A) None noted. I went into the screening of A Wrinkle in Time with great expectations. The movie is based on a best-selling novel by Madeleine L’Engle, that was one of my favorites as a youth, and one that I read to my own chil- dren. Although it was obvious from watching the trailer that the filmmak- ers were putting their own touches on the classic tale, I was open to seeing where that interpretation would go. In the movie, Meg Murray (Storm Reid) is gifted student, yet struggling to deal with the disappearance of her dad (Chris Pine). Four years ago he vanished while experimenting with space and time travel. During his absence, her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who is also a scien- tist, has tried to keep hope for his return alive. But the mocking and bullying of her classmates has seriously injured Meg’s self-esteem. And when they also pick on her younger, brilliant brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), she lashes out against the ringleader (Rowan Blanchard) by throwing a basketball at her face. Two things happen at this point of despair: A smart and popular boy from school named Calvin (Levi Miller) shows up wanting to befriend Meg and Charles Wallace, and three ethereal beings (played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey) appear offering to help the trio find Mr. Murray. After hesitantly accepting the invitation, Meg, her brother and their new pal find themselves wrin- kling time, traveling through space, and on a dangerous rescue mission. The quest will challenge the talents and faults of each in- For additional information on this film’s content, visit www.parentpreviews.com into his work. Within the context of this movie, do you feel this is a fair judgement? Can you think of other movies where fathers are depicted as being more interested in work than their children? Are there movies you can think of that depict mothers in a similar situation? dividual as they try to combat the dark forces of the universe. The set-up is similar in both book and film, however, the lessons that are learned on the journey vary. L’Engle wrote an al- legory that tries to balance science and re- ligion, focuses on the bonds of family, and enshrines the strength of love. DuVernay and the screenwriters (Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell) use her framework to pro- mote girl power and reprimand fathers. Thankfully, content issues focus mostly on some non-graphic violent depic- tions that are best suited for older children and teens. Still, the greatest reason for regret in this expensive Disney produc- tion is the way an exceptional story, and a capable cast and crew, didn’t manage to iron out the wrinkles in their execution. Instead, all they have turned out is a me- diocre adventure yarn. TALK ABOUT THE MOVIE WITH YOUR FAMILY… One message within this movie in- volves a father whose children feel he has been neglectful by putting too much time “It was a dark and stormy night.” If you began your English paper with that sentence, you’d probably get a bad mark. But au- thor Madeleine L’Engle still chose to begin her book, A Wrinkle In Time, with this overused cliché. Who was the first? It was English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton who penned the now-classic opening sen- tence in his novel Paul Clifford. A Wrinkle In Time is a book that met many challenges to being published. It was still on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books list (check #90) at the American Library Association surveying the last decade (2000-2009). Many feel the book pits science against Christianity. Yet oth- ers feel the book has a faith-based origin and promoted religion. How do you feel about the book? (If you haven’t read it, we still feel it’s far better than this movie.) Is it healthy to have differences of opinion and perspectives? VIDEO ALTERNATIVES... This story features a group of excep- tionally talented youth, as do Escape To Witch Mountain and its remake Race to Witch Mountain. Other characters dabble with time travel in Mr. Peabody & Sher- man and Meet the Robinsons. OFFICIAL SITE: http://movies.disney.com/a-wrinkle-in-time July 2018 WNY Family 47