I don’t see many movies in the theatre. It’s not that I don’t like them – I just never seem to priotize and make time for movies, but that is something I would like to indulge in from time to time this year. On a recent day off I decided after all my boring adult errands were done, I would see the new drama Gifted that stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Octavia Spencer, and Jenny Slate. Since I’m trying out many new things in this little space of mine, I figured I would give a film review a shot. Just like other things, I may love it or you may never see one again.
Character driven stories of the everyday person are what I am most often drawn to. I like the emotional struggles of normal life. Gifted checked that box and looked good – it was an easy choice to see it.
After a tragic occurrence leaves young Mary (Mckenna Grace) in the care of her well-intentioned, but somewhat unkempt, uncle Frank (Chris Evans) it seems they’ve established a good routine that works for both of them. But what happens after Mary starts school and her “secret” gift of mathematics wizardry comes to light? Well, first a bit of trouble as Mary proves she’s a bit of a smart aleck too. It isn’t long until the estranged grandma Evelyn makes an appearance wanting to make Mary a prodigy 2.0 like her daughter, Mary’s deceased mother, once was and is dragging Mary and Frank into a bitter custody battle.
What is the best life for a gifted child? Does money make one suited to better take care of a child? Can someone with a supposedly sordid past be a good influence? How do you know you’re not hurting a child with the decisions you make? All these questions and more are grappled with.
While Gifted checks off all the formulaic melodramatic steps, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good story. The endearing heart of the characters being well acted by the entire cast creates an enjoyable movie easily. Hitting all the well-established notches means it has the ability to tug at the heartstrings in all the right places. Mckenna Grace truly shines and shows her talent as a child actress and I hope to see her in more. Chris Evans shows he’s more than just Captain America and I hope he continues to go after bigger, complex storylines such as this. Octavia Spencer proves again she’s just as fabulous as you always thought. However, the best character is a one eyed cat Gus.
Continuing over with my book review system I will rate movies on a scale of 1-5 roses. Gifted easily scored 4 roses from me. I’d recommend it to most people, but especially if family dramas turn you into a blubbering mess. Is it an Oscar contender? Most likely not. Did I enjoy it enough to see it again and to not regret my $12 dollar ticket? Yes.
Gifted (2017) 4 Roses
What has been the best/last movie you saw in theatres? Do you like reading movie reviews?
P.S. – Has a movie ever changed your life? One did for me.
Until next time,