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Read my movie review for Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time” and grab some beautiful coloring pages to celebrate its release, perfect for parties too!
Back in January, I shared how incredibly excited I was for Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time” to be released. After months of trailers and teasing, my family and I finally had the chance this past week to see it! And as a long time fan of the book, I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.
Whenever a book is made into a movie, I always find myself a little nervous. It’s a big job to turn a book so beloved by fans across the world into a movie that will be appreciated by all, including those who have not read the books. After 5 minutes of the movie, I was able to relax. I knew at that point that I wouldn’t be disappointed and I could just enjoy the spectacular story and visuals before me.
Ava DuVernay really created something beautiful and spectacular! I wish I could shake her hand and thank her for staying with the themes of the book and telling the story the way that she did. It’s honestly not an easy story to tell. After all, the characters meet guides who aren’t actually human, are “wrinkled” through time and space, and have to save their father from something called “The It” which was described in the book (and how I always pictured it) as a gigantic brain. Sounds crazy when you say it that way, right?
But it was all put together so beautifully from the actors delivering believable performances and the visuals taking my breath away as new worlds were shown on the screen. Storm Reid was the perfect Meg, a girl who wishes to be someone she’s not, who doesn’t fit in, and is always skeptical and untrusting. Her journey towards self-acceptance was spot on, a journey that many will relate to and I hope will inspire other teens to do the same.
I felt the entire cast did their characters justice. From the “Mrs.’s” including Oprah, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon who were able to somehow embody beings who were billions of years old and not actually human, to Chris Pine who played Mr. Murry, a man who loves his family and loves the idea of “shaking hands with the universe”. There was a scene between him and Meg, played by Reid, that was especially moving, so much so that many in the audience, including myself, were teary. My husband, who can be a skeptic of reuniting scenes, said that scene was the most believable he has ever seen in a movie. A great endorsement for both the actors and the director!
The performances by Levi Miller as Calvin O’Keefe and Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace were spot on too. Miller played Calvin exactly how I always pictured him, a boy filled with love who also wants to have it returned one day. And Charles Wallace could not have been easy to figure out for the young McCabe as his character is a young genius but he played his part well!
The themes in the book are transcendent and timeless, and the movie stayed true to those themes. The idea of proving that love is the one thing that can bind all of us together, no matter how far apart, and that we all are miracles is something we need to hear right now in the world. Meg had to accept her faults and learn to love who she was in order to ultimately defeat the darkness that threatened to tear her family apart. All of us at one point or another don’t appreciate who we are, especially children and teens, but learning to love and appreciate ourselves is powerful. I believe this is a movie that families need to see together and then talk about when it’s over.
My boys are still pretty young, just 8.5 and 6, but they understood and absolutely LOVED the movie. My oldest wants to see it again and has already asked to get the movie for his birthday! Just this morning, he told me that he couldn’t wait to own it. That’s an endorsement that he doesn’t give often. He definitely enjoys movies but not like this one!
This is a must see movie for families of all ages. I am so happy with how it all came together and believe that all involved should be proud of their work!
I’m also excited to share some great coloring pages with you from the movie. They also include three activity pages including a maze and fortune teller. They’d be perfect for parties-we will be using them for my son’s birthday party who has now asked for “A Wrinkle In Time” celebration. I’ll be sharing the details as we get closer to his fun day!
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