Apr. 7th, 2017

Gifted

Apr. 7th, 2017 03:51 pm
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When we went to see "Hidden Figures," one of the trailers beforehand was for a movie called "Gifted." It seemed like a good fit - one of the actors is Octavia Spencer (also in HF) and a main character is a girl who is good at math. Two of the other main actors are from Massachusetts (jenny Slate and Chris Evans), so there was a feature in the Globe a week or two ago. I presumed it would be in most theaters today. When I checked, though, there were only four screens in the greater Boston area and two are them are art cinemas. Confusing. I went to the Boston Common Loews, at the 11:25 AM show. There were about fifteen of us, age range from teenage to elderly, several skin colors, mostly women but a few men. And then I watched the trailers. Apparently there is a sequel to "Inconvenient Truth." There is a movie about the Armenian genocide, more or less. There is a YA movie about a girl who has been indoors her whole life due to being immunocompromised, but who leaves home to run away to the sea with her boyfriend. There is a lavish-looking adaptation of DuMaurier's "My Cousin Rachel." The small number of screens and the weird collection of trailers made me wonder whether the marketing people couldn't decide on the likely audience for "Gifted." Having seen it, I guess the audience is people who don't mind a movie full of (mostly) predictable turns as long as there is believable dialogue and good acting. And a lot of product placement. As is often the case, I am grateful for people who write fiction. Given the set-up (man brings up daughter of his deceased sister, falls in love with the obvious choice, has bitter but not vindictive relationship with his mother), one could probably generate a lot of the movie, but even though I sometimes (not always) could predict what would happen next, I couldn't have written it. With worse writing, the little things that set it apart from other stories would have seemed like deliberate distractions from trope-land, but they were carefully intertwined with the lives of the characters, not just quirks to be cute. Example: the girl's relationship with a one-eyed cat. I wonder whether they cast him first, because he turned out to be crucial in several plot points, not that he was doing tricks or anything. I think I would recommend it, but don't expect it to do particularly well at the box office.

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