Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures


Genius has no race, strength has no courage, courage has no limits.

Based on a true story, Hidden Figures recounts how three black American women served as the brains behind several key NASA missions. Stars Taraji P. Henson (TV's Empire), Janelle Monáe (Moonlight), and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (The Help).... More

Physicist, space scientist, and mathematician Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), along with Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monáe), were instrumental in executing one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit. It was an achievement that restored the United States' confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The gifted trio crossed gender and race lines and inspired generations to dream big. Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner co-star.Hide

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Looking for an entertaining film starring women of colour dominating an intellectual field? Then skip this review and watch Hidden Figures right bloody now. This is the real-life tale of three African-American women who didn’t get enough credit for their contributions to NASA and the space race, making it an immensely valuable story to tell.... More

The cortex of the film sits with Katherine (Taraji P Henson), a mathematical prodigy who works her way into NASA’s largest calculating mind hive made up of a largely male, completely white staff. Jim Parsons plays a co-worker who is more than miffed that she could possibly be at his level (she’s actually way better), constantly stonewalling her progress and hiding behind the common excuse that it’s “just the way things are.”

Her boss, played by Kevin Costner, is more tolerant on the surface, but his inability to recognise her struggle doesn’t make him a holy white saviour. When he gets the wake-up call, he takes appropriate action, but only after Katherine calls bullshit on everyone in a hugely satisfying scene that uses Henson’s emotive skills to full capacity.

It gets deeper with Dorothy’s (Octavia Spencer) storyline, a should-be-supervisor forced to butt heads with her boss Vivian (Kirsten Dunst). Vivian is vicious, and racist, but not necessarily a vicious racist, allowing the film to expose degrees of racial intolerance that reside in everyday people.

It’s a shame the commanding Janelle Monáe as Mary feels heavily side-lined in comparison, resurfacing for a decent but laboured court case. Director Theodore Melfi doesn’t do anything to make the math mumbo jumbo seem interesting either – visually or otherwise – which has always been a problem for movies about amazing science nerds. His workmanlike approach – ironically – holds back this otherwise incredible workwomen tale.Hide

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BY Dudley nobody

Having recently seen Rogue 1 and then having watched Hidden Figures I can see why this is out-performing the competition at the US box office; it's just a better movie on lots of levels. This is an inspiring story and very pertinent to our time when recent events have left many feeling somewhat despondent about the state of American culture and it's ramifications, possible and actual, on us here in Aotearoa. This is an inspiring story of triumph in the face of adversity told with style, humour... More and beauty, and mercifully free of digital special effects. Go see your your local cinema management and ask them to just get it and then go see it, with the kids. You'll all enjoy it.Hide

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