Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time," based on a much beloved 1962 novel by the late Madeleine L'Engle, could have been one of the best sci-fi fantasy movies to come along.
Sadly, it will end up a wrinkle best smoothed away.
Director Ava DuVernay's movie feels faithful to the novel, though it leaves out some bits, such as the Aunt Beast moments, to squeeze the sci-fi story into 109 minutes.
Storm Reid's performance as protagonist Meg Murray, a sullen and rebellious teenager, is great, but it also makes the first two-thirds of the movie a bit of a pain to watch since it's hard to feel for her character.
The film shows Meg is brilliant, but terribly hurt due to her NASA scientist dad (played by Chris Pine) having gone missing for four years, while school, and life in general, sucks.
Hope, however, comes in the form of her exuberant adopted brother, Charles Wallace, played by Deric McCabe, whose onscreen presence is so joyful it makes scenes without him a slog to watch in comparison.