I thought that "Gifted" looked like an interesting, but confused film. The first time that I saw the trailer, I was honestly expecting it to be a thriller, not a drama. In the end, I thought that it was a very nice film.
As a whole, the film is really predictable. It hits all of the beats of the formula and makes use of all of the tropes for an emotional effect. Still, the film works for what it is, and then some. The relationships between the characters are phenomenally developed. All of the actors have great chemistry, and their stories are interesting. It isn't officially listed as a comedy, but I would say that given the amount of comedic elements in the film, it is more of a dramedy than a straight drama. Regardless, the tone is very effective. This, combined with the interesting story makes the film rather enjoyable.
There isn't anything spectacular about the cinematography or production design, but I don't think that a story like this necessarily calls for that. The score and soundtrack, though, are really good, often used to foreshadow or represent an emotional turn in the film. The acting in the film is great. Chris Evans gives a diverse turn in his role that is far different than his usual. Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer are both excellent in their supporting roles, providing comedic relief at times and emotional support for the protagonist in others. Even the child actor, McKenna Grace, who I was a little apprehensive about, was believable in her role.
Overall, I really liked "Gifted". It isn't perfect, and it's definitely predictable, but it is an interesting story that is extremely well-acted.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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