Hidden Figures (2016)
Back in 1962, John Glenn became the first American in space as he flew for 3 days around the Earth in the Freedom 7 space mission. Back in these times, segregation was apart of the American way of life, yet 3 African-American women pressed forward to changed the way NASA worked. This is their story.
Hidden Figures is more about civil and women’s rights than it is about NASA or the Freedom 7 mission. These women fought to be recognized as equals, fought to be recognized as important and fought to become the “first” in several aspects of NASA culture. Without people like these 3 women, life wouldn’t be as it is today. This movie is called Hidden Figures because unlike Martin Luther King or Malcolm X or any of the other civil rights activists, these women haven’t been recognized for their achievements, at least not according to history.
As far as a movie goes, don’t go into this movie expecting something as memorable as Apollo 13. This movie basically has 1 note and that is 3 intelligent black women making strides in their field by working with numbers. You will hear the phrase “check the numbers” at ton and it gets quite samey after a while. I’m not saying this movie is bad at all, but after 2 hours, watching 3 women do calculations over and over can get old. The biggest problem with this movie is that there isn’t anything extra special or memorable about their story except the fact that they did their job well and overcame adversity. Similar movies like The Imitation Game did the same thing, except that movie was about the Enigma Code and a gay man. When I saw this movie had a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, my expectations were high, and that is my fault, but ultimately, this movie let me down because it felt redundant and never felt like it was heading in a certain direction. I guess not all true stories can be awesome without the Hollywood flair and this movie took the straight approach.
At the end of the day, Hidden Figures is an excellent story told by 3 great actresses. The movie is obviously going to appeal to the female audiences, but it is a family film that will educate the young and old. My only negative about this movie is that it seems to be a 1 trick pony as it focuses on the mathematics quite a bit and that gets old, but it isn’t as unbearable as I’ve seen some movies get. I recommend this movie for everyone with the idea that you watch this movie as a learning experience for what these women did for civil and women’s rights back in the 1960’s. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst, Marhershala Ali, Olek Krupa, Glen Powell, Kimberly Quinn, Al Harrison, and Aldis Hodge.
6/10 Stars – Hidden Figures is an important movie about civil and women’s right back in the 1960s with a story about mathematics and the NASA Freedom 7 space mission. It can just be a tad dull at times.