The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Satu of Fairy Tale Pictures and it is Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Jul 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A teenager outcast is sent on a quest by three mysterious beings to save her father who has been transported across the universe to a very dangerous place.
My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.
This film was Satu’s choice for me to watch.
I recall reading this book in 5th Grade and really enjoying it, but this adaptation just doesn’t work at all.
They do manage to explain the science a little better and make it feel more modern, but at the same time, there is a strong feeling throughout that the goal of this version is to show racial diversity and political correctness instead of trying to tell an interesting story.
The special effects are done quite well to make things look really cool and otherworldly yet the lack of a really coherent storytline is what ultimately dooms this film.
Even the help of Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon can’t help save this film from the darkness…
Bottom Line – Terrible adaptation of this childhood classic. They do a nice job making the science seem more plausible but overall, it feels as if they are more interested in showing racial diversity and political correctness than to tell an interesting and engaging story. The special effects work to make us believe in the otherworldly, but a lack of a real coherent storyline is what turns this film into a complete mess all around.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Oprah Winfrey got the role on the spot without auditioning. She was texting Ava DuVernay one day and DuVernay mentioned that she was developing a new “A Wrinkle in Time Adaption” and asked if she could work with her, and Oprah said “no problem”. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. The book was so much better and this film tries too hard to be politically correct instead of working on making the story interesting.
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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