Flash Movie Review: Gifted
OUT of all the people I have conversed with who is either a mother or father, the majority of them believe their children are pretty, beautiful, handsome, intelligent and so on. I firmly believe a parent’s duty is to make their child feel loved, special and instill in them a sense of self-worth. Rarely do I hear a parent say their child is not attractive or is not smart. I actually know a mother though who praises one child over the child’s sibling; you should see what the effect of the mother’s negative comments has done to that child, it is so sad. Now for me the words pretty, handsome or beautiful are subjective. Where one person may think a face is beautiful, another individual will think the person’s facial features are just okay. The way my mind is wired, for me to say someone is beautiful they would need to have a good heart (referring to let us say kindness as opposed to plaque) to go along with whatever their visible, physical features may be. WHEN a student gets straight A’s on their report card, most people will say the student is smart. I agree to a point, but for me there is book smart and street smart; the 2 are very different creatures. I cannot tell you how many times I have sat and listened to a parent go on about how their child is so smart. Here again I wonder how they are defining the word “smart.” I remember there was a time during my schooling where a discussion was in the works about getting away from standardized testing scores. Students were so focused on memorizing statistics and facts; it seems they were not using this limited knowledge to paint a bigger picture of things. There is a teacher I know who had a freshman student who did not fit in with the rest of the class. This student already had an acceptance letter to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The teacher had to teach this special student a different way from the rest of the class without making it appear as if the student was not unusual. It was an important distinction, one that gets addressed in this drama. MARY Adler, played by McKenna Grace (Once upon a Time-TV, Amityville: The Awakening), had a gift for numbers. Her special ability would become a battleground in and out of school. Starring Chris Evans (Captain America franchise, Playing it Cool) as Frank Adler, Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Shack) as Roberta Taylor and Lindsay Duncan (About Time, Under the Tuscan Sun) as Evelyn; I have to say McKenna’s acting was pretty special. I fell into this story, enjoying the acting and directing. Sure there were scenes to manipulate the viewer and the script was somewhat predictable; but I did not care because the story was relatable for me. My earlier review of the new Smurfs movie talked about being different and things I said there apply to this film festival winner. Feeling different is such a relatable experience for many of us; I certainly have felt it and because of it I understood what the story was trying to do in this picture. Be prepared because including me, there was not a dry eye in the theater. Along with celebrating the things we all have in common, there is nothing wrong with us including our special gifts in the celebration.
Posted on April 12, 2017, in Drama and tagged 3 stars, chris evans, drama, film festival winner, genius, jenny slate, lindsay duncan, mathematician, mckenna grace, octavia spencer. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.
Calculus at age 7 would be pretty darn gifted, I’d say. But there are so many skills other than math. I’m with the uncle on this one. I’ll have to see this one. 🙂
I cannot wait for you to see this one and look forward to your thoughts on it. Thanks for the comments.
Did you ever see Little Man Tate? Why is it always math?
At least this one is about a gifted female. Usually the gifted kids in movies are all boys.
I don’t think I saw your comment earlier; I remember now I have seen Little Man Tate; but ages ago. Speaking of gifted female, have you seen Hidden Figures yet? Thanks for your comments again.
Yes, I did see “Hidden Figures.” Excellent film!
Thank you so much for telling em; I am thrilled you saw the movie.
True! That is a novel twist.
I did see the film years ago. Math is a universal language; I believe that may be one reason why math is used in these type of films. Thanks for the comments again.
I think math skill is ranked higher than other skills. Still, as Jens points out, at least the genius is a girl and the person advocating for her to have a normal childhood is a man. I like that they flipped the usual sex stereotypes.
Agree, thanks for the comments.
I know that numbers have a pretty nice fascination with autistic people…
People use to talk about the physical beauty, too often the “inner” beauty isn’t part of the discussion…
But as you point out, Life is not to be learned over the school desk, instead during a whole experience, day after day. Outside there, we have our stage, isn’t it?
I guess this movie is as well about the relationship between relatives and family members, and classmates, and men of the street… maybe it makes us selves realize that there are far more important things that being “gifted” alike Mary. A good movie indeed! :-)c
Thank you so much for your comments. I so love your line: “Outside there, we have our stage, isn’t it?” They say math is a universal language so to me it seems like a logical choice.
What a gifted child.beautiful movie.
Thank you for the comment.