Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary movie passes to watch a Gifted Movie Screening in exchange for promoting this upcoming release. However, all views shared are mine alone. #GiftedMovie
It’s always fun to finally see a movie you’ve been looking forward to. The moment I saw the trailer for Gifted, I knew this was a must-see for me. Fortunately, my daughter, son-in-law, husband and I watched The Gifted Movie Screening early so I could share my thoughts.
The star-studded cast of characters for the Gifted Movie includes Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer.
Gifted – The Story
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan). Her plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie. Bonnie’s concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
Check out the trailer before going to see Gifted
The Pros of Gifted Movie
I invited my husband, daughter, and son-in-law to accompany me to the screening of Gifted. During the movie, I watched their expressions, etc. and after the movie was over, I asked them their opinions. We all gave the movie the exact same number of stars (keep reading).
The movie started off with warm and fuzzy moments that make you smile. For me, McKenna Grace (Mary) clearly stole the show. Her acting ability is way beyond her years. And who doesn’t love Octavia Spencer? She’s always a favorite with me.
The entire cast of the Gifted Movie impressed me, especially Lindsay Duncan (Mary’s grandmother). She did a great job convincing me of her intentions to exploit her gifted granddaughter.
The Cons of Gifted Movie
The one part I didn’t like was the swear words that burst forth from Mary a few times. Sure, I understand that she’s being raised by her single uncle, but I’m not a fan of kids or adults using curse words, but that’s just me. The uncle drops the “F” bomb once.
Remember that Gifted is rated PG13 for a reason. I don’t think young children will get this movie at all. Yes, it’s centered around a 2nd-grade girl, yet it deals with serious issues such as suicide and a child custody battle.
All in all, Gifted is a good movie and it caused me to question how I would handle having a child prodigy. Mary’s grasp of higher mathematical equations was far beyond my abilities.
The message that there’s much more to life than being smart is heard loud and clear and one that I totally agree with. I admire the courage of Frank (Chris Evans) as he fights to give Mary a normal life.
I laughed, I cried and I cheered for Mary. Be sure and have a few tissues tucked in your pocket. I noticed my daughter sniffling a few times as well. Gifted did not disappoint and I give it 3-1/2 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen Gifted? What are your thoughts?