As a mom of a 3 year old, 7 year old, and 12 year old, I’m constantly reviewing movies to see if the whole family enjoy them. A Wrinkle In Time is no different. During the Wrinkle In Time event, we were able to see this magnificent film twice, and both times I saw it through the eyes of my own children. Should small kids see A Wrinkle In Time? Let’s dive into that question.
Ava DuVernay Makes It Clear
During our first private screening, we were surprised by a special visit from Ava DuVernay, director of A Wrinkle In Time. She shared with us how excited she was for us to see this film, and said “this film was made for kids ages 8 to 12, and all the kids at heart.” Well, BOOM. When we viewed the film during the World Premiere at the El Capitan Theater, Ava had all of the kids in the audience who were between the ages of 6 to 14 stand, so we could applaud them. She said to each little face, “this film is for YOU.”
Should Small Kids See A Wrinkle In Time?
Even though Ava DuVernay provided the age range of the moviegoer, to help us decide if we are going to take their smaller children to see this movie, I want to give my honest opinion as a parent of a three and 7 year old. Our 3 year old is too young for this film. We’ve decided to pass on taking him because of the build up in the beginning of the film (he loves action-based, kid-friendly movies). Ava shared they focused on the audience learning more about Meg in the first half hour, to help set up the amazingness throughout the rest of the film. I know my almost 4 year old won’t be able to sit through those important scenes, and might tarnish the experience other moviegoers will have during the beginning of the film. For reference, he’s seen Black Panther (twice), and every Star Wars movie out there (even Rogue One).
Our 7 year old daughter will see the film because we feel it’s important for her to see herself on screen, as Meg Murry (played by the beautifully brilliant Storm Reid) looks just like her. Also, our girl is very similar, in personality and intelligence, to Charles Wallace Murry, so it will be a treat to have her see someone her age have an adventure through time and space.
Why Our Tweens Must See This Movie
We are in the early stages of teenage milestones in our home. Our eldest son turns 13 this year, and although Meg Murry is a girl, there are many themes within this movie that we want him to see, feel, and understand as he’s becoming this new person. We’ve already seen him try to navigate his self-worth, self-doubt, and learning to love who he is right now. He’s also struggled with realizing how powerful he is, and that being a sensitive man isn’t a fault. A Wrinkle In Time touches on all of these topics, so we’re basically making him see the movie. This film will be my son’s breakthrough; a break through all the chatter in his brain, a break through all the insecurities he’s been feeling. This will be the film he’ll reference when he’s 75, and looks back on the turning points of his life. I’m sure of it.
I hope this review helps you in your decision to take your own children to see A Wrinkle In Time, which hits theaters on March 9th.
Haven’t seen the trailer yet? You MUST watch: