Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American women ( Taraji P Hepson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae) who worked at NASA during the Space Race and the struggles and achievements they faced.
This is one of those movies where you can’t believe you never heard of it before, and yes Hidden Figures a Hollywood-ised movie but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course the Hollywood treatment does lend itself to some cheesy moments like when Kevin Costner breaks down the coloured bathroom sign, something that didn’t happen in real life and you suspect only put there so that not every white character comes across as racist and give Kevin Costner a big movie moment.
But what’s good about giving Hidden Figures the big Hollywood style treatment is that the story of these women deserves a big, epic film about their achievements. Their story is well served by director Theodore Melfi and especially by the actresses. This a big crowd pleasing movie (the audience at the screening I attended actually clapped when it ended) that’s also inspirational.
Rating 4/5 – prepared to be inspired as well as entertained