Apr 052017
 
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It was a few months ago that I first noticed a trailer for the new Gifted movie.  Instantly I knew it was a film I wanted to see, as I was drawn in by and wanted to know more about the characters and their situation.

Gifted movie starring Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan, and Jenny Slate

So when I was asked to partner with the Gifted movie and share my personal thoughts about it I was happy to do so.

Normally I take Bubbles, my husband, or both with me when I preview movies but this time it was mom’s night out.  As I kicked back in our theater with the reclining chairs (every theater should have these chairs, they’re so great) I broke out a snack and prepared to see if the Gifted movie met the expectations set by the trailer.

My expectations were met, and then some.  Here are 4 reasons why I loved the Gifted movie and why you shouldn’t miss it.

Reasons to See Gifted

Gifted movie starring Chris Evans as Frank and McKenna Grace as Mary

The Story
I think all parents wonder at one point or another in life if they are making the correct choice for their child.  Now imagine if you had to wonder if you were making those choices correctly on behalf of someone else.  In Gifted, after his sister passes away, Frank (Chris Evans) is left to raise his child prodigy niece Mary (McKenna Grace).  While his situation may be more unique, his challenges are easy to relate to.

Gifted movie starring Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, and Octavia Spencer

The Cast
Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer (Roberta) in the same movie cannot be anything but amazing.  I’ve been so used to seeing Chris Evans in mostly action roles in the last few years that having the chance to see a more dramatic side was really fun.  And every time he broke out that casual smile of his, you just wanted to smile along.  Octavia gets some fun lines and moments, with one in particular towards the end that had the whole theater laughing, myself included.

Gifted movie starring McKenna Grace and Octavia Spencer

The Music
I love movies that have really put a lot of thought into the score and the Gifted movie was no exception.  It perfectly tied into each moment and really helped connect you to what the characters were thinking and feeling at the time.

The Truthfulness
Life can be really messy and this movie didn’t try to hide that.  Frank messed up on more than one occasion, making mistakes that hit you right in the heart and made you want to shake him.  When he angrily questioned if he could just have his own life back for five minutes you could almost hear the air whoosh out of the theater as everyone was collectively deflated.

Gifted movie starring Chris Evans as Frank and McKenna Grace as Mary

Without giving too much away, I really enjoyed the film’s end.  Most of the loose ends were tied up, some in ways you might have expected but secretly hoped would go a different way.  There’s also a lesson in compromise that reiterates the question of the choices we make for our kids.

The Gifted movie is a family-friendly choice.  There’s some mild language and one romantic scene that you know leads to more, but there’s no nudity.  Mary does also crack a boy in the face with a book, but I think it’s actually a good opportunity to discuss bullies and standing up for others.

Gifted movie is something I would definitely recommend.  Thank you to Role Mommy Writer’s Network for sponsoring this post; all opinions on the Gifted Movie are my own.

Have you seen the Gifted movie? What was your favorite part?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

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