Fantasy films have become an inextricable part of our cinematic landscape and A Wrinkle in Time genre films have recently taken the world by storm. Propelled by the success of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and the continuing espousal of films like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time follows the story of three odd-looking astral travelers—Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which—who transport brave young Meg Murry and her genius brother Charles Wallace to faraway planets. It’s a mesmerising tale of family bonds, friendship and courage, and it has inspired Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
Early films in the genre have done much to raise the bar for imaginative special effects, seamless cinematography and sweeping musical soundtracks. Director John Huston’s The Wizard of Oz set a high bar for fantasy films, with groundbreaking use of Technicolor, dreamlike sets and masterful acting. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings is a hallmark of the contemporary fantasy genre: expansive, epic and imaginative story arcs steeped in Norse mythology with sweeping CGI visuals and grand, bombastic scores. Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, Harry Potter’s magical world, and David Yates’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them all contributed to raising the bar and crafting a unique, magical experience.
A Wrinkle in Time is not the first, nor the only, genre of film to explore the excitement of space travel and exploration, but it is one of the most imaginative and creative. By combining the best aspects of fantasy, science and space fiction, the film offers an unparalleled world populated by unforgettable characters and relentless action. As an artificial intelligence specialist,Meg’s discovery of her father’s hidden field of research opens up a fantastic world of interstellar possibilities, a place where anything can happen conjuring up both hope and terror.
The film celebrates the bond between family with moments of heartfelt sentimentality that convey the importance of this close-knit bond. Meanwhile, it conveys a powerful message about resilience and perseverance in the face of the universe’s cruel indifference. As Meg embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery and her brother Charles Wallace uses his genius to help her, she acquires the wisdom and strength to unlock family secrets, face her fears and defeat cosmic evil.
A Wrinkle in Time has a visual palette that is as versatile as it is breathtaking. The breathtaking magic of the universe is explored through a kaleidoscope of colour, texture and depth with fantastic landscapes, bold costumes, and daring special effects that