Plot – Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Director – Marc Webb
Genre – Drama
Released – June 2017
Evans might have a few missteps in his filmography, however, every so often he demonstrates that he’s is able to excel outside of comic book movies. In fact, his performance is part of the reason why I gave Gifted such a high score. The other reasons, I’ll come onto later on in this review.
While this plot isn’t groundbreaking in terms of originality, (I can think of at least 3 other films that came out with similar premises in recent years), the script was compact and well-written enough to produce a gripping and thoughtful enough story, that not only managed to keep the audience’s attention from start to finish, but also fleshed out each character enough to elevate the Gifted above the others that you may have seen.
As mentioned above, Evans does a great job as Frank and his wonderful chemistry with the equally talented Mckenna Grace feels effortless and enjoyable to watch. Grace arguably had a tougher role to play, but as with everything else I’ve seen her in, she smashes out of the park. Stand out for me, however, was Octavia Spencer, who’s career I’ve watched grow since her small role as a nurse in A Time To Kill. Here she not only made the character her own but additionally eclipsed the other leading ladies more closely connected to the protagonists.
Marc Webb has made the switch from directing music videos to directing film look rather easy, developing a knack of elevating an average story into a lovely piece of cinema. This isn’t done though complicated cinematography or complex set-pieces, but by keeping things simple and in keeping with the story.
Gifted is an outstanding and well-paced film, that although may follow a well-trodden formula in places, contains enough unique elements to overcome that and benefit from emotional subjects told in an inciteful and touching manner.