Hidden Figures – ☆☆☆☆☆
Director: Theodore Melfi
Writers: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards
Summary: The true story of three African-American female mathematicians who greatly contributed to NASA’s space program in the 1960’s.
This film was so perfect. It was highly anticipated in my books since I first even heard about this film, so to finally see it was an absolute joy and delight. Hidden Figures is exactly the kind of film everyone needs. It’s empowering and a series of colourful and heart lifting events, you’ll be fist-pumping the air at some point because from the get-go we’re all really rooting for these women.
Of course the brilliance of this film comes down to the leading ladies who run the entire show, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer make a kickass trio, with their roles being full of character and life, there’s not one dull moment on screen with either of them stealing the scene and rather than placing an importance on one more than the other, it’s a story to show their collective rise to success in their respective roles. Their portrayal of each character is truthfully human, they’re no better than any other woman who’s got their own family and life outside their job, yet at the same time they are absolutely extraordinary, which reminds us that there is no boundaries to excellence.
The authenticity of this film was magnificent, where the attention to detail to set this story in it’s 1960’s space-race era was just spot on, as well as highlighting the controversial issues of race segregation that was apparent during those years too. It put us right in the perfect scene to tell the story, which also fits right into the 1960’s theme the films this Oscar season seems to be running.
It’s a triumph of a Best Picture category, and it might very well win as well. This inspiring story made me want to be the best version of myself, despite actually being hopeless at math. If you’re looking for an uplifting underdog-to-greatness kind of film, then this one sets the tone perfectly. It may be called Hidden Figures, but there’s nothing hidden about it’s Oscar potential. Truly a film that will stand the test of time, to be seen time and time again.