I’m glad that Director Marc Webb is moving on to smaller and more meaningful films after his period working on Sony’s Spider-Man films. It’s not that he did a poor job, rather (in my opinion) he seems to be better fitted with smaller scale movies.
“Gifted” is a story about a young girl named Mary who is intelligent well beyond her years, and is considered one of the brightest mathematicians in the world. The film follows her relationship with Frank, whom she lives with and is the brother of her perished mother.
If any of you reading are fans of walk-and-talk movies, this is the film for you. Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace’s terrific chemistry make the scenes so much more meaningful and they bring such a raw, real vibe to the story. Screenwriter Tom Flynn added a lot of emotion and gravitas to the scenes. One other part of his dialogue that was genius was that he didn’t drag out the storylines. They were dealt with relativity quickly, which was nice.
Mckenna Grace as Mary was the stand out of this film in my opinion. In all the scenes that Mary was in, Mckenna hooks you and you can’t stop watching. Her vibrant presence is a huge reason that this film worked for me. She acted very mature for age, yet still keeping the playful spirit.
As the rest of the cast goes, Chris Evan’s also brings his best acting chops. It’s not his best performance (Before We Go) but his acting seemed very natural and real, which made his character far more likeable. Octavia Spencer was fine in her role. She didn’t have a lot to do in the film, so I can’t blame that on her.
“Gifted” is a very enjoyable feel good family drama. I don’t have any real problems with the film besides a few plot tropes.