A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava Duvernay, is based on a book by the same name. Mr. Murray, father to Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, has been missing for four years. He is a scientist and has supposedly discovered a way to travel the universe using a method called tessering. Meg and Charles Wallace are often ridiculed about the absence of their father but they continue to hold out hope that they will see him again. When three astral travelers – named Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which -show up, Megs entire world is turned upside down. She must now, with the help of her classmate Calvin, travel into the universe to not only rescue her father from the evil IT, but to also discover herself.
A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite novels growing up. I reread it constantly over the years, so when I saw that Storm Reid was cast as Meg I was ecstatic. Storm Reid looks exactly like I did when I was a child. It was so powerful to be in the theater and see myself reflected in all of Meg Murray. Her insecurities, her trust issues, her identity and especially having to cope with the absence of a father are all things I myself struggled with as a child and sometimes still struggle with today.
This movie completely and utterly boils down to love. The love you have for family and the people around you, but most especially, loving yourself. Meg, through her journey, learned to let go of some of her ‘baggage’, embrace her flaws and accept who she really is. There is a scene at the end of the movie where she learns to tesser without pain and its absolutely stunning to watch. The message of healing and self love just in that one scene is overwhelming. I am not afraid to admit I cried for pretty much the entirety of this film but that scene in particular I had a hard time containing my sobs in the theater.
I don’t think I could love this film any more if I tried. The theme is one we all can relate to no matter what your particular walk of life may be. If you get the opportunity, definitely go see Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.