To be fair, I'm sure it's easy to critisize sitting along the sidelines... Wrinkle is a classic and not everything in it can be easily translated to a visual medium. And then of course movies have a budget and books really don't. Plus there's the fact that the book was written... what, in the 70s? (ETA: 1963) Unless it was going to be set during that time, the context of the story needed to be modernized, and they did a well enough job of that, incorporating things like the internet and CDs into the setting and dialogue. But... I must nitpick.
- Did I mention that Calvin should have had red hair?
- Where was Mr. Jenkins? Why bother substituting him with that boring dude?
- I like Katie a lot, but her Meg wasn't nearly angry or contrary enough.
- I have nothing against people with speech impediments. But, for ill or good, Charles' Wallace's got on my nerves.
- What was with the freaky dust storm on Camazotz? IIRC, in the book it was a rather idyllic-looking planet, and that was why it was so sinister -- evil lurked beneath a seemingly pleasant facade.
- The Man With the Red Eyes -- was a big fat dork. Seriously, between the dorky red-eye effect and his overwhelming melodrama, it brought this movie just one step above a SciFi Channel movie. The Man With the Red Eyes is supposed to be mysterious, cruel, menacing, not bipolar.
- Instead of a giant pulsing brain on a dias we have... a bunch of wormy things underneath a pool.
- A crow? Could we have been any less imaginative, people? What happened to Mrs Whatsit sitting on the floor with a tuna sandwich while Mrs. Murray pulls off her boots?
- Mrs Which was far too pretty and frilly. Sure she was a little stern, but in the books she was certainly the most frightening of the three. In this she was just bitchy.
- I don't even know what to say about the transvestite Happy Medium. Poor Madeleine L'Engle.
- It rather annoyed me that there was very little focus on Mrs Murray being the brilliant scientist that she is.
- The final planet -- I don't want to butcher the spelling -- was not a snow planet... it was dark. And less light in that particular set would have been better because we wouldn't have had to look at the ridiculous Aunt Beast and co.
- The scene where they find her father for the first time... Hello? Did any of these people actually read the book?
- When they return to Earth at the end, I believe they're supposed to land in the twins' vegetable garden.
- It's just me, but... I had always pictured the twins as older and the star-watching rock as bigger.
- I thought the Dark Thing was very poorly rendered. Viewers who never read the book are going to think it's a hungry evil nebula or something.
Sigh. That's it for now. I'll add more carping as it comes to me.