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Hidden Figures Film Review

Updated on January 13, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Hidden Figures tells the story of three black mathematicians who gain jobs at NASA during the Space Race to get the first man in space. The topic of segregation is lightly touched upon but not heavily. I felt that that was a good thing seeing as how the film is about the women's contribution to NASA. It shows enough to give us an idea of how unappreciated they were but not so much that it consumes the film.

The story followed Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson who were all genius mathematicians and are offered jobs at NASA in the space program. These women provided NASA with the correct data they needed to successfully launch the first man into space. It's an intriguing, attention-grabbing, and at times funny story that is filled with heart and teaches the value of perseverance.

The acting was superb. Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe were an absolute powerhouse trio. Their chemistry was convincing and realistic and made you really root for these women. Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons added to the mix made the film all the more enjoyable.

Overall, I was impressed with the film. It was consistent, engaging, and kept you completely intrigued. I give the film 3.5 out of 4.

© 2017 Alec Zander


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