Early reactions to A Wrinkle in Time praise movie's ambition, but find major faults in the adaptation

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Feb 27, 2018, 11:22 AM EST

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time enjoyed its L.A. premiere last night, and early reactions to the film (adapted from Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel of the same name) have slowly been trickling online. Some are full of praise, while others note that the movie falls flat despite the noblest of intentions and ambition. In short, the effects look great, but the plot leaves something to be desired.

Directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma), the story follows young Meg Murry (Storm Reid), who must save her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) from the clutches of an evil entity. Co-starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the film plays around with the concept of inter-dimensional travel. 

Here are some of the more positive reactions to the movie ...

While the social media embargo was lifted after the screening, some pointed out the press was being unnaturally quiet, leading to inferences the movie was mediocre, but those in attendance may not have wanted to bash a movie that gets so much right when it comes to diversity in front of, and behind, the camera. The Disney tentpole was directed by female African-American director, Ava DuVernay (Selma), and stars an extremely diverse cast.

With this movie and Black Panther, there's no doubt that 2018 is shaping up to be an important year for diverse directing and casting choices on the part of Disney — but if the movie isn't good, that's obviously a problem. 

Of course, there were also some who saw the film who opened up about the project's apparent flaws:

A Wrinkle in Time opens in theaters March 9.