Mary (McKenna Grace) isn't an ordinary seven-year-old kid who wants to play with dolls or watch TV all the time. At her early age, she knows how to solve extreme mathematical equations in minutes. When Mary's school finds out about her talent, they want her to be a part of a school for gifted children but his uncle Frank (Chris Evans) reluctantly disagrees because she promised her sister to take care of Mary and give her a normal life. Soon, when her estranged mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), finds out she insists that her granddaughter should enhance those talents and the only way possible way to make that happen is for them to battle in court for the child's custody.
Gifted has a very simple story that doesn't need special effects and bombastic scenes to get the attention of its audience. It is an engaging dramedy that relies heavily with its charming casts. With the film lacking in depth, the casts managed to bring out their tricks and put it in a good use.
Chris Evans once again proves that he can be a hero even without his costume and shield. He is believable throughout and basically delivers when needed. McKenna Grace, on the other hand, is a child wonder that steals the spotlight whenever she in on the scene. I love the way she acted as you can easily connect with the audience with just a simple spill or glance making everything look effortless on her part. Supporting characters also did a magnificent job with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer making the most out of her short stints in the film while Lindsay Duncan convincingly plays as the annoying grandmother.
Overall, Gifted is a pretty straight-forward film that has a heart, outright funny and overloaded with charm. It is predictable in some way, but it's very effective and entertaining from start to finish.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars
Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Octavia Spencer
Directed by: Marc Webb
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens May 3 in cinemas nationwide