Review: Gifted

Bring your one eyed cat and tissues for Gifted.
Gifted is a film that follows a single man, Frank Adler (played by Chris Evans) who is raising his niece Mary and her one-eyed cat Fred in Florida. Frank desperately wants to give Mary the "normal life" for a 7 year old despite the fact that she is a math genius. He decides to put her in public school amid opposition from his neighbor/friend Roberta (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary quickly catches attention due to her superior mathematical talent. Frank's plans for Mary to live a normal life are soon put to a halt when his mother Evelyn believes she would excel under her care which leads to a custody battle and the conflict of how the best choice isn't always obvious.

I really enjoyed watching this movie because the characters and their relationships felt so authentic. From the opening of the film to the very end I felt as if I was strapped the emotion roller coaster of their lives and I was entertained during the entire ride. I never expected Chris Evans to take on a role like Frank Adler but I think he did a good job at being such a charismatic man who was also hard on himself when usually he plays the playboy role. Also the actress who played Evelyn did such a great job of playing a cold, stern woman/antagonist which I feel can either make or break a movie.

Also I was surprised that the movie was so funny because I expected it to be a full on tear factory based on it having to deal with the custody battle over Mary. I have to say that my favorite character was Mary because even though she was a math prodigy, she was so innocent with a big personality.

Although Gifted does get cliche and predictable at times but in the end you'll probably shed a tear or two and the sarcastic comedy is worth the watch.

4 out of 5

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Ashley Ashley (Contributor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi


Aaron Jones said…
I would have changed a couple of things. When Octavia Spencer's character berates Evans' character after a courtroom scene and says, "You couldn't even get a White lawyer!", I cringed. Why is it that the Black character had to utter a line like that? That's not even 'comic relief', it's just not good. Glenn Plummer as Evans' attorney also does a cold-blooded thing when he says Evans' mother is "two-for-two" in terms of family tragedies. I can almost give that one a pass because attorneys in trial do say cold things, but I still cringed.
Zach said…
Can't wait to see this movie this weekend!
grssd said…
Thoroughly enjoyable movie. Most people only know Chris Evans as the Capt America action character, but he does very well in non-superhero roles as well.
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