Gifted (2017) Review

Gifted (2017)

Directed by Marc Webb

Starring: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

My Opinion:

Quickie review! Saw this a good few weeks ago & realized I never reviewed it. Not because I didn’t like it – I’ve just been too busy. I actually quite liked it, as far as family films go. I doubt it’s still in cinemas now but it’s worth a watch at home if you like the sound of it.

I went to Gifted with the hubby and the eight-year-old. I’m enjoying the fact that she’s of the age now where we’re getting to go to more non-animated “family” films. I wish there were more of them! We saw this not long after A Dog’s Purpose (which we all really liked). We all enjoyed this one as well but I think the kid & I slightly preferred A Dog’s Purpose because: Cute dogs. Although Gifted has: Cute Chris Evans. So, they kind of even out.

Chris Evans & Mckenna Grace are the true stars of this and what make the movie work as they’re believable as a single uncle & the niece he has to raise after his sister commits suicide (warning for if you do take a kid, although I don’t remember the topic of suicide exactly being dwelled on & my kid didn’t ask any questions about it). They were great together & my kid really liked Grace & the cheekiness of her character, who is extremely clever beyond her years. Octavia Spencer is also good as the neighbor & friend of Evans & Grace but also very wasted in this small role. Lindsay Duncan plays the mother of Evans, who fights him for custody of her granddaughter once she realizes she has inherited her daughter’s mathematical genius.


What else can I say? There’s not a lot more to this story but the characters were pretty strong and the custody battle was interesting. Evans wants to raise his child prodigy niece as a normal kid in a normal school with a normal life. The grandmother wants to raise her as the child genius that she is, with all the best schooling & training that money can buy (and which the working class Chris Evans can’t afford). So it comes down to which values you believe in (although the majority will be on the uncle’s side because the grandmother is a bitch). I’ll say that the movie has an interesting turn of events & it’s not often that I can’t guess the ending to a pretty simple family film so bonus points for that. I enjoyed the film. All three of us did. Give it a watch with your family on… whatever streaming service(s) to which you subscribe (it was so much easier when you could just say “watch it on home video”). 😉

My Rating: 7/10

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12 thoughts on “Gifted (2017) Review

  1. Great review! I feel like this movie came and went in the cinemas without much noise but every review I’ve read has been positive so I’m looking forward to catching this on whichever streaming service it appears on first! 🙂

    • Thanks! : ) It really did disappear quickly – I feel like family films that aren’t big blockbusters are never given much of a chance. It’s a sweet family film – worth a watch on whichever streaming service! : )

  2. I am looking forward to seeing it since I really loved Webb’s debut movie and was pretty sad for which turn his career took next. It’s nice to see Evans to do some normal human roles too.

    • Well, this is very unlike the other movies you commented on! ; ) So I’m not sure if you’ll like it based on your sci-fi taste or not? Was his debut movie 500 Days Of Summer? Looking him up just now, I didn’t know he’d done so many music videos. That’s interesting – I used to post music videos every Friday but they got NO comments. lol. Anyway, this is an enjoyable, lighthearted family film. : )

      • Ha-ha I first checked out sci-fi stuff but then other things too. I watch everything, just don’t write about it. 500 Days of Summer was his debut movie when he shifted from music videos… I loved it. Maybe it’s one of the movies I love most in that genre. It also introduced me to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and I suppose not to me only 🙂

        Did you post them on Twitter or WordPress? What kind of videos?

      • Now you actually make me remember another movie that I really loved about adults’ relationship with a lots of real-life subtle humour and complications… I saw you didn’t review it but I am pretty sure you will like it.

        If 500 DoS was about young age, this one is way over 40… It’s also one of the last performances of James Gandolfini. ”Enough Said”.

      • Hmm. I’ll have to look into Enough Said. Not seen that one. 🙂 The videos I posted were on my blog. All kinds of random stuff, especially cheesy 80s videos.

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