‘Gifted’ is a tale about family, and a painful one at that.

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Gifted tells the story of Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

It’s a shame that this film didn’t get as much recognition that it deserves, or praise that it deserves, either. The chemistry between Frank (Chris Evans) and Mary (Mckenna Grace) is outstanding as they give truthful performances and carry the film into an emotionally gripping fruition. Their chemistry is probably one of the major strengths of the film and Mckenna Grace performs well in a tough role, especially with all the jargon, while also managing to keep that charismatic and childish charm of someone of her age. Even in her limited role, Octavia Spencer shines as always and made her presence strongly felt.

Despite the plot not being something that’s completely outstanding or particularly powerful, it was written and performed in a way that managed to keep your attention. The character’s were written with subtleties instead of being totally out there and obvious.

With Gifted still being a drama, it hardly feels that way and isn’t heavy at all. It has it’s comedic moments and each of the scenes were executed with precision. This is what brought up the film from being a depressingly bleak tale and it definitely works to its advantage.

The average to negative reviews of this film are to be ignored and Gifted should be given a chance. It’s a tale about family, and a painful one at that.

Film-O-Meter: 7/10.

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