A wonderful performance from 10 year old Mckenna Grace lifts Gifted above
the ordinary run of the mill drama that you would see on afternoon
television. The talent that she has is quiet extraordinary and it’s her
performance alone that makes the film so mesmerising.
Chris Evans (Captain America) plays Frank Adler a Florida boat repairman
who has the responsibility of looking after his sister’s daughter, Mary
Grace is no normal young girl as she’s inherited her mother’s talent for
algebra and after being home schooled by Frank it’s decided that she should
have a normal upbringing and against the advice of worrying neighbour,
Roberta (Octavia Spencer) Franks sends her off to school.
It’s not long before Mary’s talents come to the fore and she’s dazzling her
teacher (Jenny Slate) by completing complex mathematical equations in her
The school principle then takes an interest and is amazed when Frank
refuses to enrol her in a school for gifted children.
Soon after this Mary’s evil English grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) turns up
to stake her claim on the child.
Gifted is a simple tale of love and family helped by the obvious on screen
bond between Grace and Evans. It might be terribly clichéd at times but
it’s worth catching if it’s only to see a star in the making.