Synopsis (from IMDB): Following a new form of space travel as well as Meg's father's disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings - Mrs. WhatIsIt, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.
To be honest it has been over 20 years since I read the book so my memory of it is decidedly hazy and I am thankful for that in all honesty. This Disney's second attempt at adapting this story and in my honest opinion it's not a bad attempt. A lot of people believe that this book is one of those unfilmable stories. While this movie does have its fair share of problems I think it does a good job of sticking to its themes and being a movie that I believe families will enjoy. From a visual standpoint, I thought it was shot great and that a lot of those CG shots actually worked. I think the actors all did a great job especially Storm Reid. There was a lot of emotional issues in the movie and I think that the filmmakers did a good job of addressing those as well as the reasons why some people do what they do. Reese Witherspoon was my favorite character in the film as she had the majority of the one-liners and clapbacks. Actually, Resse, Mindy, and Oprah were all great in their respective roles. This movie honestly reminds me of The Neverending Story, in that I think children will be fascinated by this film just like children of the 80's were with The Neverending Story. Before I forget the music in this film is pretty good as well.
One of my problems with this movie is the primary antagonist of the film, the IT. I hate in movies where a dust cloud in space is a villain. To the filmmakers' defense the IT was never really stated as a being so maybe that's why they chose to do that, I just personally think its stupid. Another issue I had with the movie is that some of the CG looked like they could use another pass through. Like I said earlier I think the majority of them are fine but there were a few scenes where you could tell that it was bad.
This movie is perfect for families especially fathers and daughters (trust me on this one). The pacing is fine, I never felt bored in the movie and it's only an hour and forty-five minutes. There are a few scenes of action and one scene where a bully gets what's coming to her.
I honestly don't know where all the haterade came from for this movie. I know they cut some things from the book but they do that to every adaptation. While the movie does have some problems I don't think that they were story related per se. My rating for this is between a MATINEE and a RENTAL. I think that families and children will enjoy it, however, if you don't have children you may not enjoy it as much, to be honest. Do you plan on watching the movie? Let's talk about it in the comments and as always thanks for reading.
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