A couple of weeks ago the family and I were kindly invited along to a preview screening of A Wrinkle In Time by Disney Ireland.
As the boys get older, watching movies together has become a special treat and they eagerly count down to ‘Movie Night’ which happens once a week. We turn off all devices and settle down for a few hours of escapism. Disney films are top of the list when it comes to Movie Night picks. Not just the more modern movies such as Star Wars, but the classics like The Flight Of The Navigator and Tron are huge hits in our house.
Great books open a door to all you can imagine. I read “A Wrinkle in Time” around 9 years of age so I’d been watching all the hype in the lead up to its release in the US and had already marked the release date in Ireland so that I would get our family tickets.
A Wrinkle In Time follows the classic (Disney) storyline of a child with personal tragedy triumphing over adversity. I can say that much without giving it all away or bogging you down with terms that at times felt a little like jargon.
This film was a visual feast. The special effects and colouration combined to make watching a truly rich experience. There were points where the story arc jumped from scene to scene too abruptly for me, but the scenes on screen detracted from that and I just sat back and enjoyed it for what it was.
On a personal level I felt that the film struggled to capture the pure fantasy that the original book contains. However, I couldn’t expect that it could because the book itself is so rich in imagery that decanting it all into a single movie would be asking too much of any movie maker.
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
The more valuable verdict comes from us as a family. The boys loved this film, and in particular the scene with a tornado in it, which they found particularly exhiliarating.
A Wrinkle in Time was a wonderful movie which excited the boys’ imaginations. They left buzzing about science and asking about the battle between good and evil. I also really appreciated the strong female lead characters because we should have more of this in films; making it the norm.
I couldn’t ask for a better reaction from the children and I wholeheartedly recommend it as a family movie. A Wrinkle in Time is released in Ireland this Friday, 23rd of March 2018, just in time for the school Easter holidays. Scroll below to see the official trailer.
Disclosure: We attended an advance screening of A Wrinkle in Time as guests of Disney Ireland. No review, comment, or reaction was expected or required of us in return for our attendance. Images in this post were kindly provided to me by Disney Ireland on my request for the purposes of the review.