Gifted

Movie Man Mike drops by with a review.

Gifted (B-).  Chris Evans is probably best known for his roles as Captain America in the Avengers movies or as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four series.  He has gotten some lower-profile roles in other films and, in my view, has proven that he’s more than an action figure actor.  He turned in a solid performance in the film Snowpiercer.  He’s proven himself again in Gifted.

This is a film about a highly intelligent and adorable little girl—Mary Adler (played brilliantly by Mckenna Grace, Independence Day: Resurgence)—who presents something of a challenge to her Uncle Frank.  Uncle Frank just wants Mary to have a normal childhood, which is something his mother deprived Mary’s mother from having.   But Mary’s intellect is far above average, and that quickly comes to the attention of Mary’s teacher, who pushes to have Mary put in a more challenging educational environment.  The push to harness Mary’s intellect creates a conflict that threatens the close bond Mary and Frank have forged.  At times the story seems somewhat contrived, but Mary’s charm, along with the superb dialogue and an unexpected resolution of the conflict, make the film well worth the investment of your time.

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