Director, Ava DuVernay, said it over and over again. This movie is for kids. From our first viewing of A Wrinkle In Time on the Walt Disney Studios lot to the World Premier event, Ava asks audiences to view A Wrinkle In Time with their inner child.
In fact, Ava specified that kids age 8-12, especially, are the target audience for A Wrinkle In Time and I think she’s nailed it on the head. While I did enjoy the movie as an adult, I can picture my 10yr old self watching this movie with bright eyes and wonder, head full of imagination and intrigue. I know my younger self would love this movie!
I’ll be honest, at our first viewing of the movie I didn’t go into with that mindset. I was stuck in my adult brain comparing the movie to the book, noticing things that were left out or things that weren’t quite the same, and thinking that many people might not appreciate the creative liberty that was taken with the movie version of this story.
While that is all well and good, the second time I viewed A Wrinkle In Time, I let all that go. I simply enjoyed the movie for what it is… a fun kids movie with some powerful messages and fantastical scenes. I truly enjoyed the movie the second time around and had a fantastic viewing experience.
Why Should You Take Your Kids?
I’ll repeat, this is a movie for kids. If you have kids, you should really take them to see A Wrinkle In Time. If you don’t have kids, go see it anyway and channel your inner child. Not only is it a fantastic movie, but it has so many powerful messages throughout, and it really highlights lots of issues that kids face and go through every day, and how to shine brightly through it all.
A few of the messages presented, and overcome, are dealing with bullies, accepting yourself for who you are, recognizing that we all have pain and ‘wounds’, but those are what make us stronger, and so much more!
Along with all those powerful messages, A Wrinkle In Time is still a story about family, about togetherness, and about love. While it is recommended for kids aged 8-12, I would venture to say kids even younger will enjoy it, and those in their teens years will love it as well.
A Wrinkle In Time is a movie the whole family can enjoy!
Should Younger Kids See The Movie?
I always say you know your kids best. There is a scene at the very end that does involve some fighting (not even really fighting, but slight violence as Meg is facing the IT). I didn’t think it was very bad, but a few other moms who saw the movie thought it would be too much for their 4-5yr olds. My 4yr old would have no problem with it, and neither would my 2yr old for that matter.
So, again, you know your kids best and if they can handle a tiny bit of violence (no one gets hurt), then take them. If you don’t want to expose your kids to that type of content at a young age, don’t take them.