Hidden Figures (2016) Review
NASA was a different place early on the space programme as they were attempting to get a rocket into space. This story shows how three African-American women played vital roles in making that happen, all possessing incredible mathematical skills.
The three women defy all odds to really make a difference with the work they are doing. We follow Katherine’s story the closest and see how she was very gifted at maths from such a young age and given plenty of support to really progress with her ability. This would then go on to really help the American’s in the battle to get into space with the Russians.
Dorothy wants a supervisor role and to become the first African-American to hold this position in NASA, as she is pretty much already doing that for her job but without the pay. She was very switched on when she heard about the new computer system and made sure herself and the women who worked for her would be needed for that.
Mary dreamed of being an engineer and was determined not to let anyone stop her from becoming the first women to have such a job at NASA. Fighting the system to let her go back to school to study at the classes she needed to get more qualified after the posts had suddenly been moved as she was showing interest in the vacant job role.
Now I have been looking forward to this film for a while now, and with any that are then nominated for awards it comes with high levels of expectations. The best thing about this one is that I felt that it more than delivers. I haven’t felt like that about many of the Oscar nominated films to be completely honest, but I was taken in by this film. It moves at a good pace, has an interesting story, a good heart and even better performances from so many members of the cast.
Nominated for three Oscars, Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer, the Academy love her) and Best Adapted Screenplay. After seeing the film I think Taraji P. Henson more than deserved to be nominated in a Leading Role as I thought her performance was outstanding. Another who should have been nominated had to be Kevin Costner for an Actor in a Supporting Role, I really do think he shows just how good he can be in this film. While the subject manner is very serious with the segregation in the state and work place, walls are slowly taken down at NASA and it is very pleasing to watch. With the serious nature though we get some amusing moments and times where you just smile because you are happy to see the women succeed. Don’t get me wrong it also gives us scenes of disappointment.
I really do think it is a very well made film and the music fits in very well with the scenes. I actually feel very happy not being disappointed with a film. It feels like it has been quite a while for that. I really do think this deserves the credit it has so far received, another great preview thanks to Cineworld and the Unlimited Screenings amazing start to the year with how many we have had.
Also can I just saw that Jim Parsons being the film is just perfect, surely he could have just been Sheldon. I am sorry but had to mention that I am sure I am not the only one who was thinking it. But on a serious note it was great to see him in something other than The Big Bang Theory and showing that he can be in a more serious role as well. Involved in some very good scenes.
I thought it was interesting to see who actually saw the “coloured” women as different and who saw them as co-workers. It was certainly something that could have gone either way with some characters. Katherine was told that Al Harrison would not warm to her, but he certainly did and was the most compassionate of the men who she was working with. Something that was very unexpected considering his introduction.
A very impressive film with great messages that gets the untold story out!