Flash Movie Review: Hidden Figures

HIS attendance was perfect; he never missed a day of work. The quality of his work was outstanding and it showed in his yearly performance review because he never received a below average mark in any of the performance categories. However, he never received an above average mark either; but, he did not complain about it, grateful he had a job. The travel time for him was long; it required 2 buses and a train to get to the office. The company had over 200 employees but he could not call one of them a friend. Some individuals would only talk to him if they had to for business; he was used to the blank or condescending looks he would get for nearly every action he took.   SHE was in love and it did not even take her long to realize it. They had met at a coffee shop one afternoon. Over their drinks they did not strictly make small talk; they ventured into deeper subjects and it was apparent there was a unique kindness being shared between them. Over the next several weeks a mutual fondness grew between them. Each was starting to think they found the right one they wanted to be with for the rest of their life. With the blossoming love they shared they became more affectionate with each other. Simple things like holding hands at the movies or a quick kiss on the cheek, actions everyone in love has done from time to time. When they were affectionate they did not realize people around them would stop what they were doing to watch the happy couple. The look on these strangers’ faces was usually a grimace, a look of disgust. Nothing the happy couple did was inappropriate but it did not matter, there was another reason. And the reason could be found in the color of a person’s skin.   LOSING the space race to the Russians was not acceptable; it would take effort from every single person at NASA to get astronaut John Glenn up into space. But if you were not the right color, you did not count to some people. Based on a true story this is a must see drama. Starring Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Empire-TV) as Katherine G. Johnson, Octavia Spencer (The Help, Snowpiercer) as Dorothy Vaughan, recording artist Janelle Monae (Moonlight) as Mary Jackson and Kevin Costner (Black or White, Draft Day) as Al Harrison; this film festival winning movie was unbelievable. Let me start with the story; what an amazing achievement during a time period that most of us had never known about while history was being made in getting a rocket into space. The acting was wonderful from everyone; even minor characters fit right in without missing a beat of the story. As a movie viewing experience I had a great time clapping and cheering with the audience during a few scenes. Knowing how the story was going to end, since it is a part of US history, did not take away from the enjoyment in watching the amazing feats being achieved by the people in this movie. The space program has come so far from blasting John Glenn into space; now if only we could elevate our thinking about judging a person on their abilities instead of their color.

 

4 stars    

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 9, 2017, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I saw the trailer for this movie and it looked like it would be inspiring and fun. But I don’t remember every seeing you give a movie a “4” rating before (I’m sure you have, I just didn’t see one). That tells me I’d better not miss this one!

  2. I’ve not seen this one yet. To be honest I didn’t want to watch another movie that stirs up hatred for whites. I know that sounds petty, but I had a dear black friend who once told me that some movies just make it harder for her to make peace with whites and to “get over” the past. She is my daughters age and it was her mother who lived through those times not her, but the bitterness spills over and I guess will for generations to come. I know you’ll think this “funny” (not haha funny) but she says she can’t even hear the word “Kunta Kinte” without fuming and/or talking to any white folks afterward. Sometimes she’d go days without acknowledging us. I told her ” The Help” was great and she said, “No way!” This is an educated woman too. So, that’s part and parcel for why I’ve not gone. I do however, have a date with Silence in a few. And, when I can I will check out this one as well. Thanks for the 4 review! First one I’ve seen too.

    • I understand your friend’s views. Let me share a factual tidbit which may not make sense to you until you see this film. At Nasa before there were computers, the “computers” they used were only women of all races.

      I do hope you and honestly your friend get to see this historical film that showed something special. Thank you for the comments.

  3. This film achieves what any bio-pic drama can hope for: it offers feel-good entertainment while informing about a remarkable episode in history. Its also part of a wider cultural adjustment to the historical record which is mostly written by men for men. It will take decades to correct the chronicles and show the role of women in its correct light.

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