“Gifted is a heartwarming story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Anyone who teaches or has a gifted child will really appreciate this film.
Frank Adler is a single man raising his dead sister’s seven year-old child, a math prodigy, Mary. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the child’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s estranged mother, Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Chris Evan’s is Frank Adler. McKenna Grace stars as Mary. Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer is their neighbor, Roberta. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher and Frank’s love interest. Lindsay Duncan is the grandmother. John M. Jackson is the Judge.
The audience will recognize Jackson as Admiral Chegwidden from the television programs “JAG”, “NCIS”, and “NCIS Los Angeles”.
Grace is absolutely fabulous as seven year old Mary. In real life, Grace is only 11 years old and yet she has had a fantastic career already. Currently she can be seen every week on “Designated Survivor” as Penny Kirkman and in “Once Upon a Time” as Emma Swan. Grace really steals the show. This kid is already an excellent actress and has six years of credits.
Evans has gorgeous blue eyes and is really wonderful eye-candy for every woman in the audience.
Spencer, who is one of my favorite actresses, only has a supporting role but she is outstanding as usual. She seems to have either a supporting role or a starring role in almost every movie out this year which makes me very happy.
“Gifted” was directed by Marc Webb who has also directed “Amazing Spiderman” and “Amazing Spiderman 2” Webb has put together a great film and has pulled emotional performances from his entire staff.
Written by Tom Flynn, “Gifted” is a wonderful story and feels like it is based on a true story but isn’t.
This is a very moving movie that runs you through the full emotional gamut. It can be funny, aggravating, sad, and happy. Be sure to take a few Kleenex with you because you might need it, but don’t miss this film. You will be glad you did. At the end of the film, the audience applauded which is always a good sign.
“Gifted” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.