I love movies, you can call me a bit of a movie junkie. Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing an advance screening of a movie from Fox Searchlight Pictures called “Gifted”. This movie is directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and tells the story of a child prodigy Mary (McKenna Grace) who lives with her uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans from the “Captain America” films) 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) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures and The Help) plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
This movie was surprisingly good. I thought it was going to turn out to be a snooze fest honestly. However, it really held my attention. There are moments on screen where this movie pulls right at your heart strings ( I cried and I rarely cry during movies) along with some very funny ones as well. The emotion played out in the movie is spot on and really sucks you in.
I enjoyed viewing Gifted, I suggest you make it a family movie night and check it out for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be happy you did. Gifted releases on April 7 in select theaters.
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