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).

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 head.

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.

Gifted (12A)

1h 41m

Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer

UK Release: Friday 16th June 2017

Gifted - "Ad Nauseam" Clip

Gifted - "Sunset" Clip