Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a movie about the role of African-American women during the “Space Race” of the 1960s. It is a based on the true story that is told in Margaret Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name. But is the movie just for the feminists? Or is this a legit, “must- watch” film? Well I am certainly pleased to announced that Hidden Figures is definitely worth the Oscar nomination for Best Picture that it has gotten.

The Bad

Not a lot to mention in this section today. One thing that I was a little disappointed by was some of the content that was given away in the trailers. A lot of the more powerful lines in the movie were spoiled by being used in the trailers. That really took a lot of the meaning out of it for me and I was a bit disappointed by it.

This movie had an all-star cast, so I was a little surprised to find out how dull a couple of the characters were. In particular, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parson’s characters. Dunst played Vivian Mitchell, who seemed to be the manager of all of the computers in the NASA West Group and just didn’t treat those women fairly because they were African-American. She was just dull and boring, and I feel like anyone could’ve played that role just as well. Parson’s played the higher up to one of our main characters, Katherine Johnson, and he was supposedly one of the best minds in the NASA task force. The storyline with him is that he didn’t take to Katherine checking his work at first because she is black, but later warms up to her. I found out later that both of these characters are fictional characters and were created to further the point of how difficult it was for African-American women to advance during the 1960s because racial and sexual discrimination were both still very much relevant. I personally just thought that the two roles were a waste of acting talent.

The Good

The majority of the acting in this film was spectacular. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae were a great trio of strong, African-American, lead women in this movie. The were a charming group that did an awesome job in getting the audience to genuinely root for them, which was key to the emotional connection and ultimately the success of the movie. Kevin Costner was also very good, although he basically played the same exact role as he did in Thirteen Days or Draft Day. 

This is really a feel-good story. I am not African-American, nor am I a woman, so I didn’t necessarily feel the empowerment that some might be getting from this film. However, I felt the excitement for the characters when all of their skills and hard work finally got the recognition it deserved. It is not just for the feminists, it really is a feel-good, inspirational film for any demographic.

The Rating

To be completely honest, there was really nothing incredibly special about the movie Hidden Figures. That being said, it just felt right. I don’t rate movies well unless I truly enjoy them and would suggest them to others. Need I say more?

8/10

 

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