Magazine April 16, 2018, Issue

Bland Diversity

Storm Reid in A Wrinkle in Time (Disney Enterprises, Inc. )

The glossy new adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, reimagined as a costly star-studded multicultural showcase with the Christianity drained away and Southern California swapped in for New England, is terrible. I mean, it’s really, really bad. The special effects, the script, the acting, Oprah — nothing works the way it’s intended, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what was intended at all.

The plot follows the book relatively closely: The middle-school-aged Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is the bespectacled daughter of a missing scientist (Chris Pine) who studied “tessering” — basically, instant interstellar travel — before he vanished.

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