Genre Guesstimation – Hidden Figures (2016) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Matthew Simpson of Awesome Friday and we will be reviewing our favorite Non-Winning Oscar Best Picture Nominees.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Non-Winning Oscar Best Picture Nominees.

“Here at NASA we all pee the same color. ” – Al Harrison

Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Jan 2017 and 18 May 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – The story of three African-American women who worked at NASA during its hey-day and how they helped the space program.

My Take on it – This is a typical Oscar bait kind of film and it works on so many levels. The cast is superbly put together which helps the plausibility of some of the scenes. Costner is great in a supporting role and shows that he doesn’t need to be the lead in order for his films to work. The film jumps around in time a bit too much which makes it somewhat convoluted and there are essential aspects of the story that seem to have parts inexplicably missing.  The story at certain points feels a bit too preachy and despite the groundbreaking tale, stories like this shouldn’t be made with such a heavy hand.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On the day that the scene was filmed in which Paul Stafford is speaking to the NASA engineers in the Space Task Group office about needing to develop the math for re-entry, there was an extra face in the crowd. Mark Armstrong, son of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, had been invited by actor Ken Strunk to make a cameo appearance in the scene, and joined the other actors who were playing the NASA engineers. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Coems close, but feels a bit too preachy at certain points.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (downgrade from original review)


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