The child prodigies are few and in between and hence, “Gifted” cannot determine to be the mainstream film or the independent film – a hybrid in the worst possible way.
The single father Frank Adler (the rather mediocre Chris Evans, he just cannot escape his Captain America alter ego) nurtures the niece and mathematical genius Mary Adler (the delightful McKenna Grace). Meanwhile, Bonnie Stevenson (the brilliant Jenny Slate) recognizes Mary is a gifted child. The biological grandmother Evelyn Adler (the respectable Lindsay Duncan) proceeds with the court custody battle. The neighbor and provisional Godmother Roberta Taylor (the always sublime Octavia Spencer) assist the Adler family if necessary.
“Gifted” delivers the effective manipulative narrative – meaning it really begs the audience to sob. And yes, I sobbed once during the final act. Moreover, it doesn’t help that we’ve seen this tale several times before – extremely predictable that you may be able to foretell the conclusion prior to occurring onscreen. Despite the inconsistent tone, Grace, Slate, and Spencer’s charm saved the day.
Geniuses may be rare and yet, “Gifted” is far from a mastermind. B-
Advance screening courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. “Gifted” debuts in limited release tomorrow. The scheduled wide release is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
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