Review: Hidden Figures

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.

Hidden Figures is based on the true story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest achievements in mankind’s history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Took me a while to get around to seeing Hidden Figures, but man am I glad I did. It’s really good! A very entertaining and feel good movie in which the trio of leading ladies all come across as so likeable. The supporting cast of Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons are good too, even if the latter doesn’t get much of a character to play around with.

In the film we follow the three friends through their own individual plights. Mary Jackson wants to become Nasa’s first female black engineer  but has to lobby a local judge to allow her access to a local segregated school so she can take the classes. Dorothy Vaughan, supervises a team but is consistently denied the official title and pay packet to match. Most of the focus of the movie is on Katherine G. Johnson, a brilliant ‘computer’ promoted to a role in the Space Task Group that was responsible for sending John Glenn into orbit. There she has to fight for everything, including access to the most up to date data for her work to be correct.

Hidden Figures isn’t just about the racism at the time, it’s also about the struggles they face for being women. Such as being told they can’t attend meetings because of their sex. It really does blow my mind that this used to be common place and that some people still think this way. I liked the way the movie dealt with the theme of racism, it’s quite subtle; facial expressions and body language etc. rather than bashing you over the head with it and over use of slurs. I know it happened but in this movie, with it’s up beat attitude and feel good vibes it would have been very out of place.

I highly recommend this film to everyone, it’s fun and you might just learn something.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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