Often when people say “it’s for kids”, it’s an excuse for a film being of poor quality and therefore “only kids would like it”. But in the case of A Wrinkle in Time, when I say it’s for kids, I mean just that. It’s a film directly and urgently about the emotional needs of children. A film that filters all the joys and challenges of the world through a child’s eyes. So rarely do filmmakers allow a film to be this earnestly youthful and emotional.
James Franco works so much, I often wonder if he takes any time to reflect on the films he produces. His IMDb page boasts 36 directing credits, with about 20 of them being feature films, all of which have been released in the last 12 years. Beginning with 2011’s The Broken Tower, Franco has made a habit of focusing his narrative filmmaking output on adaptations of literature.