Friday, 12 May 2017

A Pinoy @ The Movies: Gifted

It was a bit strange watching Chris Evans without his Captain America costume, and it was even stranger nobody addressed him as Captain Rogers.

Here, in Gifted, he's a hunk of an uncle to a super-genius niece, whose mother killed herself after proving the Navier-Stokes existence and smoothness, a super-difficult problem, the solving of which was an achievement that could have won her a Nobel prize.

Mckenna Grace, playing the genius and gifted niece, became the subject of a custody battle between Evans and his own mother, who wanted to send her granddaughter to a school for smart kids, while Evans wanted her to grow up a normal child.

Although thirty minutes before the end, I sort of knew already the outcome of the custody battle and the ending because movies like this always made sure that everyone went home happy.

But mid-way, Gifted reminded me of Changeling, which starred Angelina Jolie. In Changeling, Angelina was a single mom who lost her son to a kidnapper. In Gifted, Chris Evans became a single dad to his niece but lost her, although temporarily (oops!).

Maybe this film's primary audience would be single parents, who could learn a thing or two on how to raise a child, and on how to keep off meddling grandparents. 

Octavia Spencer, the Oscar best supporting actress for The Help, was the good neighbor who helped babysit Mckenna when Evans was away. 

You can skip this film, unless you're a big Chris Evans fan, or into difficult math problems.  You could probably help Mckenna Grace help solve one of the Millennium Prize Problems after watching the movie.

Me? I hate math.

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