I had the pleasure of recently attending the press junket for the movie Gifted about young man unexpectedly into the role of protector and father figure for his math-genius niece. The talent of the film’s actors — Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate — is a testament to director Marc Webb’s vision and all those that were part of this magical production.
Gifted is a heartwarming and heart-wrenching story about Frank (Evans), an uncle raising his 7-year-old niece, Mary (Grace). Frank vows to give her a normal life even though Mary shows extraordinary mathematical abilities. Things go south when Mary’s teacher (Slate), discovers Mary’s talent.
Here’s a clip of Evans, best known for playing Captain America in the Marvel Comics superhero movie series, talking a little bit about this role …
Here is another clip of our time with the cast from the new movie Gifted, opens in theater in April! I hope this is ok and we don’t have Chris mad at us for sharing this clip… they are his words… lol, I would rather not be on Chris “bad list”! #giftedmovie #citydads @giftedmovie @chrisevansofficiall @mckennagraceful
Academy Award winner Spencer (Hidden Figures) plays Roberta, Frank’s landlady and Mary’s best friend. She also acts as caretaker for Mary, which comes into play when she advises Frank not to enroll Mary into school. She’s seen as a family member to Mary, even if they don’t have an official or legal tie to each other.
Here is why Spencer choose to be a part of this movie…
Gifted is a thought-provoking movie on many levels with wonderful actors raising the bar. Exploring the true meaning of family, how to encourage a child with special abilities, who should have a say in the way a child is raised, and when growing up needs to happen for children … and some adults.
Gifted is rated PG-13 and featured many life lessons for all ages. This movie should be on your family’s list of films to see this spring.
Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post. The author wrote more about Gifted and Marc Webb on our L.A. Dads Group blog.