Hidden Figures Review

 

IMDB Synopsis: The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

Hidden Figures is directed by Theodore Melfi and stars three talented women, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. Hidden Figures was such a delight to watch! The story of how these three women over came so many brick walls to achieve something incredible for science and the United States was done incredibly with this movie.

The highlight of this movie is most definitely the three main leads they all bring their characters to life very well, I can’t really say much to the historical accuracy as I don’t really too much about this whole story. The pure emotion and pain that they display is really felt by the audience. I certainly felt it, there were moments where I was frustrated for them at how unfairly and nasty they were treated or sad for the toll that treatment was taking on them then joy for when they got their victories. The supporting cast is solid as well with Kevin Costner and Kristen Dunst. One thing this movie does so well is creating these emotionally investing story moments. Specifically there parts in the movie where I know what’s going to happen because of laerining about it in school but I was still tense and worried for the characters because it made me care about them so much I wanted to see their reactions more than the event itself. This movie isn’t all dramatic or suspenseful there is plenty of light hearted scenes and more surprising was how often this movie made me laugh. It’s got many great comedic moments as well. One aspect I didn’t feel was that great in Hidden Figures was the romantic subplots. I understand why they needed to be there because their significant others did play a big role in their lives but It was not as interesting as the space stuff and the pacing of the story kind of grinded to a halt, all I could think was “I want to get back to the NASA stuff!”

Hidden Figures is a movie I believe that everyone should check out at some point in their lives. It has good messages and can be great to watch with the entire family. In particular for young girls seeing women not only excelling but trail blazing in the fields of math, science, tech and engineering sends a great message not to mention the negative impact and how wrong racial/gender discrimination can have. It really is amazing what these people accomplished and also very sad to think how much more they could have achieved had they lived in a time when the system wasn’t working completely against them. I loved Hidden Figures! I encourage everyone to go out and see it!

 

Should You See It: Yes!

Theater Worthy: Rent it

Final Grade: A-