'A Wrinkle in Time' meets the mark, but never blows past it

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Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) is the inspiring goddess-like leader who reminds each character of what's important, right and possible, but the film could have provided more insight into who she is and where she came from. A quality that allows me to have an open heart and mind when watching projects meant to tap into one's inner child. DuVernay doesn't shy away from presenting this complexity though her own visual lens, what with a Wrinkle in Time's talk of tesseracts, love as an transdimensional energy, the personification of the universe, and Reese Witherspoon's transformation into a giant lettuce leaf.

Taking the No. 2 spot this week is "A Wrinkle in Time", bringing in an underwhelming but acceptable $33 million in its debut.

Even performances from a diverse and star-studded cast can't save this film.

When I saw "Selma" back in 2014, I knew I had seen something special. In the movie, she simply states where they hail from, which probably make Mindy Kaling's job a heck of a lot easier.

Winfrey's Mrs. Who is the grande dame, imposing with dramatic white hair, sparkling lips and eyes in various hues, and gems across her forehead, exhorting Meg to be a warrior in tones that recall the late poet Maya Angelou; Winfrey has said she was channeling both Angelou and the good witch Glinda. But if you have, beware that some elements - including a pretty major plot twist involving Meg's road to heroism - are either compressed beyond recognition (as in a tesseract, perhaps) or deleted altogether.

The cast of unusual characters travel the expansive, handsome universe, flying across spectacular alien worlds and meeting all sorts of odd and unique beings - all while trying to find Meg's missing father and avoiding the dangers of the mysterious darkness looming at the edge of the universe. She's relatable and sympathetic, showcasing a rebellious, troubled attitude that many children can relate to. Meg has problems at school - she's said to be aggressive and troublesome, although frankly, this is hard to see from Reid's appealingly thoughtful, sweet demeanor. It's a push and pull situation that's mostly successful. Be uniquely you, take a child to see A Wrinkle in time when it opens in theaters nationwide on March 9th to tap into YOUR inner child. Like Meg, we're often too afraid to actually look in those dark spaces and get to the answers.

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The hit science fantasy novel was released in 1962, but only after author L'Engle's long struggle to get it published. She makes the most distant dreams and ideas a reality. However, Pine isn't in the film very much. Worst of all, it just is not that fun to watch. The film has a multitude of issues that must be addressed.

Good things happen for Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin in "A Wrinkle in Time", even if a lot of scary things have to happen first. DuVernay's film focuses intently on her struggle for goal, using her as a stand-in figure for a world of intelligent children left behind to an emotional insecurity they can't find their way out of.

"That's what inclusiveness is to me in this film, is really looking at all of us have a role to play in this no matter where we come from or what we look like", Lee said.

The movie starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Minday Kaling, Chris Pine and newcomer Storm Reid grossed another $6.3 million overseas in six territories, so it still has a lot of room to grow its worldwide audience.

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