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GIFTED Starring Chris Evans

Sunday, March 12, 2017

GIFTED Starring Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Octavia Spencer
(From L-R): Octavia Spencer as Roberta Taylor, 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
Every teacher can tell you a story of that one student who was smarter than all the rest. And knew it, too. I'm talking about that one student who eagerly awaits the opportunity to catch the teacher making a mistake and wastes no time in pointing it out. You know the ones. Heck, I was one of them. For many of us teachers, though, we harbour a secret fear of these students. Not because they keep us on our toes by constantly proving us wrong. But rather, we fear that we will be unable to challenge and engage these students, failing to meet their academic needs and condemning them to ten months of boredom. In the movie GIFTED, we come across child prodigy Mary Adler (McKenna Grace), a seven-year-old whose mathematical abilities astonish her first grade teacher. Raised by her uncle Frank (Chris Evans), Mary makes no attempt to hide her boredom and frustration from her teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate) who quickly realizes her new student will never be academically challenged in a regular school setting.

GIFTED Starring Chris Evans, McKenna Grace
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.
For the first seven years of Mary's life, Frank, a former university professor, chooses to teach his niece at home, where she develops a strong bond with their landlady Roberta (Octavia Spencer). Knowing his sister would want Mary to lead as "normal" a life as possible, Frank decides it's time to enrol her in grade school where she can be more like her peers and make new friends her own age. When news of her gift reaches her grandmother, a custody battle ensues, threatening to separate Frank and Mary.

While the trailer looked promising, I decided to attend an advanced screening of GIFTED more so out of curiosity. And... Chris Evans. The trailer did little to prepare me, however, for the unexpected emotions I felt as I followed a fictional, yet poignant, story that was so beautifully portrayed on the big screen. 
If you think it difficult to believe Chris Evans in a fatherly role, think again. His performance as Mary's guardian was brilliant, from witty repartee to words of heartfelt wisdom. And let's not forget the adorable and talented McKenna Grace, whose on screen rapport with Chris Evans seemed effortless. Trust me when I say this is one movie you will absolutely fall in love with. In fact, I know you will.

Diana, the Smart Arse

GIFTED will be in theatres April 7, 2017.

You're invited to an advance screening of GIFTED in Toronto!

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, there will be an advance screening of GIFTED at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas at 7:00pm and, because I loved the movie so much, I wanted to give some of my readers the opportunity to check out this wonderful film. And so, here's your chance! Visit for passes. But hurry! Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  1. I'd love to see him in this role! Sounds like a great movie!


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