Gifted (2017)




Marc Webb




Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Glenn Plummer, John Finn, Elizabeth Marvel, Jona Xiao, Julie Ann Emery, Keir O'Donnell


Single man Frank (Chris Evans) is raising his child prodigy niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) and is trying to give her a normal life by letting her attend a normal school instead of a school for gifted kids. But his mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) has different plans and draws Frank into a custody battle.


I knew nothing about Gifted. I had seen no trailers. I had read no storyline. I only knew there was Chris Evans on whom I have a crush on since he played Johnny Storm so of course I watched it. And it was a very pleasant surprise. Well, maybe it wasn't a complete surprise because I've read a few days earlier a review saying how smart and charming and funny it was. Which, by the way, it's true. Gifted is smart and charming and funny. And heartwarming.

The story is pretty average and there isn't really anything special about it. It doesn't have any surprise plot elements, and it isn't really a powerful story either. However, it is well constructed and properly executed which is why the film manages to be gripping and engaging.

But that's true only in part because the characters are those making the film truly engaging. They are well-written and developed, especially the lead, Frank, a very interesting character whose growth as a man you can witness during the film. And the credits goes to Chris Evans. Maybe it's the fangirl in me talking, but he brings his charisma and some kind of warmth into the character that makes him feel real. Also, he's able to deliver the character vulnerability.

As much as I'd love to say Evans is the best thing about the film, he isn't. Young Mckenna Grace completely steals the show as his niece Mary. There isn't anything special about the character, but she is a delight to watch. Her acting never feel forced but most important her chemistry with those around her is incredible, especially with Evans. You can sense their closeness.

Octavia Spencer also does a great job as Frank's neighbour. She is sassy, funny and kind. Just what the film needed. And Lindsay Duncan too is great as Frank's mother.

There is, however, something that didn't work for me and that is Jenny Slate. Well, not her, but her character. She just doesn't find a place in the movie because she's just not needed in the movie. 


  1. Nice review! I really enjoyed Gifted too; it's a lovely movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon or rainy day. Evans is so freakin' charming, I just can't. lol