But there are times when the film doesn’t quite flow. The tone and style is often herky jerky and affected, especially with the Misses. The edit isn’t smooth and lulling — instead it skitters and yanks, often to alert us to shifts in the film’s reality, but it’s jarring and uncomfortable.
DuVernay has set out to make an ambitious fantasy epic, and in many ways, she succeeds. Pine is wonderful as the reckless but inspirational dad Dr. Murry, and McCabe is a breakout star, stealing the film from his co-stars as the odd little brother. Many moments are beautiful and surreal, while others are just plain weird (and not always in a good way). If it doesn’t always work, well, at least DuVernay went for it, and her version of “A Wrinkle in Time” is just as gorgeous and strange as can be expected.
“A Wrinkle in Time”
Starring Storm Reid, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by Ava DuVernay.
Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril. Check listings for theaters. 1 hour, 49 minutes.
Bottom line: An ambitious fantasy epic that mostly works