7:30 PM, 19th October, 2017
Incisive seven-year-old Mary (Grace) is a mathematical prodigy. Following the death of her mother when she was six months old, Mary has been raised by her uncle, Frank (Evans), who wants his niece to live as ordinary and as happy a life as possible despite her intellectual advantage. Despite his best efforts, a custody dispute arises when Mary’s estranged grandmother (Duncan) attempts to gain guardianship of Mary and send her to a school for gifted children, where she can be primed to enter a career in mathematics.
The film ultimately brings up a wider discussion about whether it is more important for children to enjoy their childhood, or whether they should be pushed to their full potential – and whether there is a way for the two to occur at the same time.
Captain America fans may appreciate the chance to see Chris Evans star in a different kind of film. However, the real star of the film is child actress Mckenna Grace as the young prodigy, whose on-screen chemistry with Evans is undeniable. Directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, (500) Days of Summer), Gifted is ultimately an uplifting story about an unconventional family that I highly recommend to all.