With March – August being a notoriously quiet time for cinema, we often go and see totally random films for our weekly watch.

Gifted fitted the bill for that, so armed with popcorn and ice-blasts, we took to our seats.

The story revolves around a young girl (McKenna Grace) and her uncle (Chris Evans), who is her guardian, following the death of her mother. There is a dirty custody battle between Evans, and Grace’s on-screen grandmother, played by Lindsay Duncan. Octavia Spence is on-hand to be the voice of reason between Evans and Grace.

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The story is funny, sad, gritty and infuriating, with every other emotion in between. Duncan’s character is so hate-able, that you end up unsure if you actually hate Duncan as a person, whilst Grace plays the young genius fantastically.

I found Gifted to have quite a similar feel to Manchester by the Sea, without being quite as dark and imposing. If you have a spare couple of hours, I’d definitely tell you to watch this film. Maybe don’t bother heading to the cinema for it, but it’ll be on the box soon enough!

Score: 4/5


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