Book vs. Movie: A Wrinkle in Time


Book vs. Movie is a feature here at Jenni Elyse. The main idea is to do a side-by-side review of the book and movie and whether I think the book or movie is better.

Book

I wasn’t a huge fan of the book. I enjoyed the fantasy and science aspect of the story. I also really liked Charles Wallace, the 5-year-old brother of the main character Meg. I didn’t like Meg. I thought she was annoying. I also didn’t like how short the book is. I feel like it could’ve been fleshed out more, making the characters less one-dimensional.

Movie

I liked the updated, modern take on the story. I also thought the movie was very visually appealing. The colors were vibrant and the CGI was done well. The actors cast were perfect in their roles. I especially loved the kid who played Charles Wallace, though he did seem autistic like he did in the book. I was less annoyed with Meg because I wasn’t in her head. I liked Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who better than Mrs. Whatsit. Mrs. Whatsit seemed way more complainy in the movie than she did in the book. I liked some of the additions to help flesh the story out a bit and develop the characters more. I also liked some of the changes to make the story more cinematic. I do wish they had spent more time on the evilness of the IT and shown the aberration (the boy not bouncing the ball in time).

Verdict

I still think the story is on the more interesting in an odd way side. However, I enjoyed the movie a lot. I felt the characters were better developed, even if they were still a bit shallow. The actors really endeared me to the characters more than just the writing itself. I also thought the music added a dimension to the story that the writing alone didn’t have. And, I loved the visualizations. Because the movie helped bring the story to life in so many aspects the writing couldn’t do by itself, I liked the movie more than I liked the book. However, I have a feeling that people who love the book won’t feel the same as I do about the movie.

8 replies
  1. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    I need to go see this one. I haven’t read the book. My mom tried and tried to get me to read this series but I’m never could get into it. I figure I’ll try again one day but I hear reading it as an adult probably isn’t going to be good. Oh well. I’ll at least see the movie.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Yeah, I wish I would’ve read the story as a kid. Same with The Chronicles of Narnia. I think I would’ve enjoyed both a lot better when I was younger. But, at least the movie is fun enough to enjoy it for the 100 minutes it is. 🙂

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  2. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    I haven’t read the book, but I know a lot of people were excited about the movie! I’m glad you were able to enjoy it. It’s always hard to outdo a book, though. 🤗

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I agree. It is very hard to outdo a book. Very rarely do I say movies outdo their book counterparts. I think this is only the third movie I’ve felt this way about.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m glad your kids loved it! I’ve heard from a lot of people that their kids love it, but the adults not so much. I’m glad the intended audience is loving it. 🙂

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