Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man dedicated to raising his spirited young niece, Mary (Mckenna Grace), a child prodigy. But Frank and Mary's happy life together is threatened when Mary's mathematical abilities come to the attention of her overbearing grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) - who has other plans for the girl.
This is an uncomfortably good film. It's uncomfortable because it is convincingly distressing; I am certain that nobody wants to see any child in difficulty: the portrayal of a child so bereft and betrayed was truly difficult to watch. You will need to remind yourself that she is just acting. If there can be an appropriate award for this then McKenna Grace certainly deserves it, she is utterly believable in her role.
Her performance is every bit as uplifting and inspirational as it is sad, and she expresses love and courage that seem to transcend the plot. She is that good. The film stayed with me for days, and no doubt will be with me for much longer. I truly hope that this young lady enjoys the fruits of her clear and powerful gift.
I did not know anything about this movie before seeing it. I didn't go to the cinema out of choice but I am so very glad I did. Mackenna Grace gives an oscar worthy performance backed up by a very strong cast. Loved it. Bit of difficulty with the American drawl (as usual) , other than that, perfect!
A beautifully acted and directed film. The films sucks you in with a rare tenderness while remaining honest and interesting. There's some great one-liners in it as well. Its been a long time since I saw a film this well put together.
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Great Film though a tad schmaltzy
- Gifted review by PB
Interesting film about balancing ambition and freedom for those fortunate to have a gifted child in their midst. Mckenna Grace was absolutely brilliant and convincing, reminded me of my 9 year old grand-daughter and surprised she didn't win the Oscar for this performance. Lots of laughs and some sadness, Chris Evans was great and seemed to have genuine affection for Grace, Lindsay Duncan was less convincing as a tiger grandmother.
This is a charming little movie with great performances from young Mackenna Grace and Chris Evans (Lindsey Duncan was something of a tight-lipped stereotyped Brit). The central premise - how does a child prodigy fulfil her potential but still have a childhood - is excellently handled.
We really enjoyed watching this. Not quite a weepy. It's a good story and we thought the acting was excellent. Struggled a bit with the American drawl and had to put the subtitles on. Would definitely recommend it.