'A Wrinkle in Time' is a big leap for its teenage star

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A Wrinkle in Time, the new film based on the Madeleine L'Engle novel, doesn't quite feel like the other movies that make up the yearly slate for Walt Disney Pictures. It's story is weird, unnatural and one that likely wouldn't play out well on the big screen. In a time when we should also be making a special effort to give boys the tools they need to fight toxic male stereotypes, escape from oppressive expectations and embrace the differences that make them who they are, Calvin O'Keefe is definitely worthy of our time and attention. It's 'A Wrinkle In Time, ' starring Oscar victor Reese Witherspoon.

The biggest thing about "A Wrinkle in Time" was that I was a kid that always did everything wrong...was very disheveled...very severely bullied... and I was very alone because of that and what I loved about Meg was she wasn't someone who had to change who she was fundamentally to be so extraordinary. The amount a person enjoys A Wrinkle in Time depends largely on their ability to just go with the flow. So if you like the new lovable Meg, you'll have to wait for an eventual sequel (the book is the first of a quintet)... that is, if the movie doesn't flop at the box office. And, yes, this movie is flawless for 11 and 12 years olds as well as the 11 or 12 year olds inside of us.

"A Wrinkle in Time" is a different matter. But when her father mysteriously goes missing during a quest to better understand the universe, through a wrinkle in time, Meg is understandably distraught. Alex was right on the brink of some incredible scientific discovery - something that could potentially unlock all the secrets of the universe, or something like that - before he disappeared.

"He's not coming back, is he?"

In the film, as in the book, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her precocious brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) are struggling socially and academically after the disappearance of their father (Chris Pine), a brilliant scientist.

Oprah, meanwhile, admitted she'd be interested in checking out with Wild West. He meets the three enigmatic cosmic beings known as the Mrs. Ws, who take him, his sister and new friend Calvin O'Keefe (Levi Miller) on a journey through the galaxy visiting cool-looking planets to look for her long-lost dad. It's all the things within ourselves, within our family, within our world, and society and culture, and you're trying to evoke those, too.

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Sadly, it will end up a wrinkle best smoothed away.

But despite the abundance of negative reviews of the film, fans still vow to see it.

If only there was a good script to accompany those bold chances.

Book aficionados should take note that this is not, by any means, a literal translation of the book that is beloved by generations. Oprah is randomly 20 feet-tall yet completely unfazed, Reese Witherspoon has the power to turn into a flying artichoke but doesn't actually do anything with it and Michael Peña randomly appears only to turn into a crumpled puppet. "She has the whole thing on her shoulders".

Similar to working with these unbelievable actresses, what was it like working with Ava DuVernay and what did you learn from her? We understand the connection between Chris Pine and his movie and we feel the longing that his family has to reunite with him, which lends itself to a few emotional moments.

MONDELLO:.And her adopted baby brother, Charles Wallace, doing his acting out with eccentric strangers like Reese Witherspoon in a cowl that looks like whipped cream.