A Wrinkle

I went to the movies to see “A Wrinkle in Time”  based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. A fellow slicer bemoaned earlier this week about novels versus film adaptations – as in if you’ve read the book, especially if you liked the book, don’t go see the movie. I fully understand that viewpoint. Rarely are films as good as the source material.  Including this one.

Granted it is a little messy in driving the plot forward in some places, but that’s almost a trope  with adaptations. It is lavish and so beautifully filmed. The costuming details are amazing. Visually stunning. The casting is spot on. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon are gems in their rolls. Storm Reid as movie lead, Meg Murray, is a doll. She captivates every scene she is in and she’s in almost every scene of the movie. Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace is simply adorable.

Still… It’s not the book. 

You saw it coming, stop it,. Granted, I have not read the book in nearly two decades, but there are passages I do remember, that did not make the cut. All in all, with Ava DuVernay at the helm as director. it is a solid film and I’m glad I saw it.

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3 thoughts on “A Wrinkle

  1. I like how you balanced the beauty of the movie with the true meaning of the book. It’s always hard to watch a screen adaptation of a wonderful text, but you found the bright side!

  2. I too have grumbled about disappointing film adaptations but recognize that the medium is very different. Sometimes too true to book means telescoping too much and can render the film unintelligible to viewers who have not read the book.

    Casting and costuming sound wonderful — that’s where film rules. I look forward to seeing the movie. Thanks for the review.

  3. Funny. My friends and I debated this very topic earlier today on a run. We mostly agreed that viewing a favorite book in movie format often a disappointing experience; however, my friend, Shelly, shared an exception, The Constant Gardener. She said the book and movie were equally wonderful and worth reading and watching independent of each other.

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