It’s clear that Disney is currently riding high off of Black Panther‘s critical and commercial success, but there’s another major debut on the horizon as well. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is about to premiere in theaters, and reviews have started hitting the web, following up on the recent social media reactions to the movie. Now that the critics have had a chance to see the film, it looks like the response has been decidedly mixed. As CinemaBlend’s review of the film puts it:
So, while A Wrinkle in Time has some inventive visuals and fresh ideas going for it, it’s also poorly paced and lacks a necessary sense of urgency to drive the story forward. There are elements of the story that definitely work, but A Wrinkle in Time never comes together to become more than the sum of its parts.
That’s a sentiment echoed in The Chicago Sun Times‘ review of A Wrinkle in Time. There’s praise to be had for the film’s big creative swings, but very little of it actually pays off in a substantive way. The review specifically says:
The Vanity Fair review of A Wrinkle in Time makes a similar point about the balance of creativity and coherence. While the film breaks new ground in the sense that Ava DuVernay is the first black woman to helm a movie of this size and scale, some visuals and camera tricks don’t come together in a way that works for the film. Per Vanity Fair:
With all of that said, some reviews have good things to say about A Wrinkle in Time. Chief among these is The New York Times‘ review of the film, which praises its emotional core, timely themes, and colorful aesthetic. As that review stated:
So all in all, it looks like there’s a fair amount of good and bad to be found in A Wrinkle in Time. There are strong elements that certainly seem to work in its favor, but the critical consensus seems to be somewhat split on the final verdict.
That’s what a handful of critics have to say about A Wrinkle in Time, but you don’t have to wait much longer to check the film out for yourself. Make sure to watch out for A Wrinkle in Time when it debuts this weekend on March 9, and keep an eye on CinemaBlend’s movie premiere guide to see what else 2018 has in store!