Film review by Steve Duffy –
Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides-Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)-who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them.
Fans of the classic children’s book are going to be a little disappointed…..
The Missus” from another unnamed galaxy are played by: Oprah (Mrs. Which), (Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit), and Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who). All three feel very disconnected from their characters and the story. Each of their performances were underwhelming and forgettable.
Storm Reid carries the bulk of the story on her shoulders and it’s impossible to ignore. Through-out the film you feel connected to her and then she keeps you at arm’s lengths. There is no happy medium. The only relationship that feels real is her interaction with her father, played by Chris Pine. You can really feel and see the connection between the two.
Meg’s super smart and somewhat annoying kid brother, Charles Wallace is perfectly played by Deric McCabe
The CG fantasy worlds look cheesy and you can tell that they are not real. Being a Disney production, I had high hopes for the CG fantasy world that they were going to create for this film.
I don’t believe this film is worth seeing. Instead, I would re-read the book!
RATING: PG for thematic elements and some peril
RUNTIME: 115 minutes