Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey
Director: Ava DuVernay
Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Novel Based | 2018
Synopsis: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.
As the movie starts off, we are shown what kind of father Chris Pine is to Meg (played by Storm Reid). How his love for science and his family keep them together. Honestly, it was really hard for me to imagine Chris Pine in this role, even though I was literally watching it with my own eyes. Well, flash forward to four years later, Meg and Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) are meet Mrs. Which (Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Kaling). And the group of them go into space to look for their father.
This movie has the feel as if it was a Disney Channel Original Movie a.k.a. DCOM. Now, it is a bit more epic than the typical DCOM, and or course there are bigger stars, but the dialogue and the character interactions just feel a bit lost like you’d expect from a lower budget TV film.
The one thing I enjoyed about the movie were the special effects and the costumes. I never read this book, but I can only imagine how the director and film specialists were able to bring the descriptions to life for our eyes.
I liked what the story stood for and the overall message that was being told for the younger audience: keep away from evil and try to spread light and happiness whenever possible. I think that is a bold statement and that it’s true. The movie touched on all the evilness that is possible and I can definitely see how we as humans can fall into it.
I didn’t like how they called the antagonist “the it.” It just doesn’t seem very creative, but I guess that’s on the novelist rather than the filmmakers here. I did however like that it was a “mind” and how it was portrayed on screen to be black neuron-like webs.
Zach Galifianakis and Michael Pena make appearances, and I for one liked their roles.
Overall, this film wasn’t great but it wasn’t awful either. I would recommend it for a family outing, but I’m just not sure it’s worth a second watch. I’ll give it a “Liked It” (3/5).
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