What would you do if you know a small child needs to be using their full potential of knowledge and amazing talent? Do you try to have them grow up as having as close to a “normal” life as possible? Or do you seclude them to be in a classroom setting at a young age being sheltered from the world and being used for their superior brain?
Mckenna Grace as “Mary Adler” and Chris Evans as “Frank Adler” in the film GIFTED. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.
This is the exact situation that Frank played by Chris Evans is in. However what makes it more emotional is that it is his niece who is the child prodigy. His sister took her own life and left Mary played by Mckenna Grace under his wing. They have been living a wonderful life together when it is time for kindergarten it is obvious that Mary is well advanced compared to the rest of her class.
I don’t know what I would do if I was in this situation with my own nieces. I love them so much but being torn between another family member over what to do for their future and not letting the child choose can be such a gut wrenching decision. You want them to succeed and do their best but at what cost to others and to themselves. It takes a village when raising one child and even more so when you have more than one.
Roberta is the goto family friend that helps in all situations for Frank and Mary. To me, she is like a fairy godmother to an extent looking out for Mary’s best interest and giving Frank a piece of mind when it is needed.
Octavia Spencer as “Roberta” and Mckenna Grace as “Mary” in the film GIFTED. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.
I think you will enjoy how the movie ends and how Mary’s best interests are put to the test.
Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer
Director: Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer)
Synopsis: Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
Release: In Select Theatres April 7. Nationwide on April 12.