Disney has been on quite the roll for the past handful of years. So much so, in fact, that it’s rarer that they put out a bad film than a good one. Plus, with Black Panther so close in everyone’s rearview mirror, it’s easy to get excited about their next big budget offering, A Wrinkle in Time. What’s more is that the film is also a step in the right direction in terms of diversity.
But does all that make for a good film? The embargo has officially lifted for the Ava DuVernay-directed film, and while there are a good deal of positive reviews, this thing is far from perfect. But let’s take a look at some of the good, first.
As someone who lost her father at 11 years old, certain things really resonated & I found myself crying multiple times.
— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) February 27, 2018
Very emotional after seeing #WrinkleInTime. All I can say is @stormreid is a powerhouse! brought me to tears!! RUN TO SEE THIS FILM!!! Thank you @ava and Disney for giving little girls everywhere a superhero. #BeAWarrior
— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) February 27, 2018
We went to the @WrinkleInTime premiere tonight. What a lovely, gorgeously shot, inspiring movie. Absolutely go see it.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 27, 2018
As stated above, the film is far from perfect, and while its intentions seem noble, there are plenty of film reporters — including our own Gig Patta — who were much less enthusiastic about the movie:
A Wrinkle in Time movie: It's between the children's book to movie adaptations of Eragon and The Never-ending Story. If you're under 11-years-old, then it'll be the next Never-ending Story. If you're over 11-years-old, it'll be closer to Eragon. For me, it's closer to Eragon.
— Gig Patta (@GigPatta) February 27, 2018
So #WrinkleInTime is visually ambitious and very faithful to the source material. However, it’s also kind of all over the place and doesn’t quite land the themes of the book.Chris Pine is a standout & Ava DuVernay deserves credit for what she does with a nearly unfilmable novel
— Conner Schwerdtfeger (@ConnerWS) February 27, 2018
Since embargo is up…saw A Wrinkle In Time…it's intentions are noble, but this adaptation doesn't work. Movie has a ton of issues. Loved the Sade and Demi Lovato songs tho. Looking forward to what Ava does next.
— GregoryEllwood – 4 Quadrant on iTunes (@TheGregoryE) February 27, 2018
There’s a third category to this, and it’s not necessarily a “meh” category, but rather one full of voices that are suspicious by the quietness on the internet. They observe that critics were excited to praise Black Panther, they are suspiciously quiet here. This has led some to believe that critics are afraid to speak their mind on a film that is pushing for diversity.
It's telling that Film Twitter is staying silent about A WRINKLE IN TIME. It's a movie they really wanted to like, as opposed to one they couldn't wait to tear apart.
— Mark Cassidy (@RorMachine) February 27, 2018
I love Ava and she’s extremely important to film and it’s future but the fact she’s being protected for Wrinkle In Time is ridiculous
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a social media embargo happen so quietly, let alone from a freaking Disney movie, it’s so sad.
— Cool Beans (@MartyMcTweet) February 27, 2018
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