Genre Grandeur – Hidden Figures (2016) – Movie Reviews 101

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Non-Winning Oscar Best Picture Nominees, here’s a review of Hidden Figures (2016) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by me and since I’ll be debuting season 3 of my Podcast – MovieRob Minute on July 4th where we will look at Die Hard (1988) one minute at a time, I decided to link it to this months GG, so we will be reviewing our favorite Die Hard Doppelganger Movie.

Thanks again to Matthew Simpson of Awesome Friday for choosing this month’s genre.

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Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures is directed by Theodore Melfi (St Vincent), starring Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae are the three black women known as calculators working at NASA. Katherine G Johnson gets to work first hand in the white male group working directly with the astronaut race to space, Dorothy Vaughan looks after the black women working for NASA, using her own skills to learn how to operate the IBM machine, nobody else understands. With Mary Jackson jumping into the engineering side of NASA, gaining experience from working with a Polish immigrant who has survive the Nazi war horrors.

Hidden Figures will address the racial prejudice shown towards these women from certain members of NASA, despite them being smarter than most of the other people working around them. While most of the white characters are portrayed as dismissive towards the women, Al Harrison and John Glenn make a point of wanting to work with the best without ever questioning the skin colour of the people around them.

When it comes to any story about people who are involved in the first space missions, I want to watch them, seeing how the incredible achievement happened. I have recently seen this movie as a great double header with ‘The Dish’ which might be showing a different mission, but shows the people behind the communication coming together to make it happen.

Hidden Figures is filled with brilliant performances from Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and even the smaller performances from Mahershala Ali and Aldis Hodge. The film might well put a stronger focus on Katherine Johnson’s side of the story, the stands that both Dorothy and Mary take to get a chance to improve their position in NASA is important too.

Hidden Figures was my favourite of all the Oscar Nomination for Best Picture this year, it is the one I have watched the most, with countless re-watches ever since.

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