Starring Taraji P.Henson,Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae and written and directed by Theodore Melfi,Hidden Figures tells the true story of three black mathematicians working for NASA in the early 1960’s who face discrimination at every turn.
The film centres around the character of Katherine Goble [Henson] who is assigned to work in the offices of the Space Task Group after a successful Russian launch leaves the Americans lagging behind in the race for space.Goble finds herself in the land of the white man,where even using the toilet requires her to leave the building she works in and trudge to the “colored” restroom located elsewhere on the facility.This is a theme repeated throughout the film for this movie is more about racial segregation than the race for space and just in case you were unaware of that you are reminded every given chance throughout the film.Subtlety does not exist in this film,it is rammed down your throat every two minutes and by half way through the film you are sitting there saying to yourself “ok,I get it now,no need to mention it ag..oh wait,you just mentioned it again!” where it actually gets to the stage where it starts to distract from what is actually a very good film.
The Three main cast are excellent in their roles as the downtrodden,racially abused women fighting for a place in the scheme of things and you really do fight their battles with them and feel better for it at the end.The support cast featuring Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst help keep the film moving along [although I could have done without Jim Parsons as a racist,sexist bigot work colleague,totally miscast there] but the plaudits must go to the three main characters that show a charm and a warmth to their roles as they fight their way to the top of the class amongst all the bigotry and misogyny thrown their way.
A thoroughly enjoyable movie if you can get past all the non-subtlety of the segregation theme thrown at you from all angles,it really didn’t need it in the same way that one doesn’t need the plot explained in the Da Vinci Code,let the audience make up their own mind about what is happening in the film,don’t take us for fools..
An uplifting two hour film [could have been shorter] that will make you feel good and nice to see a great diverse cast in a decent film..
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