March 11, 2018 at 9:48 am #742594
I took my kids to see A Wrinkle in Time. Before we went, I looked at Rotten Tomatoes and the movie received a low 42%.
But when I took my kids, ages six and nine, they both loved it. It’s weird how reviewers crap all over children’s movies that are absolutely lovely for the kids. Maybe its because of the big names (Oprah, Mindy Kaling, and Reece Witherspoon)?? But my kids don’t have a clue who any of those women are.
It definitely is modernized and it’s not a true adaptation of the book. But I think my younger child enjoyed it more than if it had been true to page.
I was slightly disappointed because there were so many elements of the book missing in the film. But I know kid movies aren’t about me!! The reviews annoy me because the best part of watching a film with your kids is seeing them impressed or excited by what comes next. My kids gave it four stars and their friends liked it, too (6,9,11).March 11, 2018 at 9:51 am #742595
We haven’t seen Peter Rabbit but I can’t imagine it’s that much better (Peter got 60%).March 12, 2018 at 10:56 am #742687
I generally take rotten tomatoes with a grain of salt. Their reviews have always skewed a bit more towards the younger male set, IMO.
I kind of look at reviews from a few different places and then decide to go see it in the theater, or wait until it’s available to rent or buy.
I love film adaptations and I haven’t seen a Wrinkle yet, but they generally cannot hold a candle to the book, (rarely are they better than the book..for example, Big Littles Lies the series, was so good in comparison to the book.) and the way we can build and imagine these worlds in our minds. I still enjoy most of them. And I do think engaging adaptations, like Harry Potter, LOTR inspires kids to pick up the original.March 12, 2018 at 6:28 pm #742761
I usually don’t take reviews too seriously but I was really looking forward to this movie because I loved the book when I was a kid. I almost chose a different movie because I didn’t want to watch the characters get butchered.
Could be a spoiler alert: I’ll just say almost every character was different than the original story. Meg has a much different personality in the movie, but her nicer character worked for a younger audience. The urban setting softened the plot. Mrs. Which, and Mrs Who, and especially Mrs. Whatsit, were sillier and more colorful on screen than in my head. Cal refrained from some of the edgier, possessive, perhaps dated, gestures found in the book.
But I still enjoyed the movie. It had much more of a Never-Ending-Story vibe than a giant-Disney-blockbuster-Frozen movie feel. Kids are usually a lot less picky about details and don’t come into a movie with a bunch of assumptions. Most of time they don’t care who directed or starred in a movie. They both liked the movie. I thought it got better and I enjoyed it, too.
This is my reaction to all the pomp and hate the critics seem be doling out. I posted about here in case anyone else felt reluctant to go see it because of the reviews. It’s a fine kids movie to go watch. I think it’s worth going to see it. Just don’t go in taking all of it too seriously. I felt the same about BFG.March 12, 2018 at 6:31 pm #742762
I really, really wanted to see it in the theater. 🙁March 12, 2018 at 6:35 pm #742763
BFG? Please tell me I didn’t spoil anything. If I did I’m sorry, I promise I was trying to be very general.March 12, 2018 at 7:48 pm #742768
@anonmousse I’m sorry. I hope you still go see it.March 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm #742771
I think that maybe people who never read the book might like it more? I never read the book, so I don’t have any impression of how it should have been different. I went into it knowing it was a kids’ movie, so I never really judged it in the same way I would an adult movie. I think the reviewers were. Though I’ve never really heard the same kind of critiques for other kids’ movies that have become popular. Like where was everyone crapping on Frozen? Because I would see A Wrinkle In Time 100 times before I’d see Frozen again.March 12, 2018 at 8:18 pm #742772
No, no, you didn’t spoil it, but I’m now considering just waiting for a rental or buy…I rarely, rarely do go to the theater anymore, because it generally involves hiring a babysitter, etc but it looks awesome…
I loved the BFG just because it was a story I loved so much as a child. I watched it with my kids, but I wanted to watch it…if you catch me.March 13, 2018 at 5:34 am #742801
I saw it over the weekend. In 3D. Go. See it in the theater. It is lush and beautiful. The visuals and costumes are amazing. The acting is very good. Storm Reid is really good. Mindy Kaling is underused but I think she gets the one of the best lines in the movie.
I think what makes this different is that we’ve come to expect that kid’s movies appeal to both the child and the adult. There are jokes that go over the kids heads that the parents get.
This is just … a kids’ movie. It’s sad and scary and happy and proud. It’s kind of simple and magical (both the positive and negative kind of “magical”). It’s not perfect, I won’t go into the negatives, but there are scenes that resonate and I say, you won’t get the same visual experience if you see it at home.March 13, 2018 at 10:28 am #742855
I saw it this weekend too – my bf and I took his son to see it. He has just started reading the book (if we waited till he was done the book to see it, we’d be waiting forever lol). I’ve never read the book and I thought it was really well done. I enjoyed it a lot and agree, it is a kids’ movie but adults will enjoy it as there were several adults without kids in the theatre too. Some ppl clapped when it was over – I’d watch it again. 🙂March 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm #742920
@anonymous- I agree with Lis about seeing it on the big screen to fully appreciate the visual impact. It’s nice to hear from non-parents who liked it because I’m obviously quite biased.